ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Three lions from an animal refuge in western Kansas, including one that mauled a man, are expected to arrive at their new Detroit Zoo home around the end of the month.
The zoo announced Thursday that the lions passed medical testing ensuring they will not transmit diseases to other animals. The zoo in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak is home to three other lions.
Last month near Oakley, Kan., refuge owner Jeffrey Harsh found a man who had been staying at a nearby motel with his arm over the top of a gate in an inner cage. The lion had grabbed his right arm and had to be reportedly beaten with a steel pipe so it would release the man identified as Bradley Buchanan.
The Detroit Zoo agreed to take the lions. The zoo says they will be placed in quarantine for 30 days to ensure they are healthy and acclimating well before joining the others at the lion habitat.