HEYDERABAD – Sunday, after a Rajasthan native, named Mukesh, jumped into (big cat’s) lion’s enclosure at Nehru Zoo Park asking these big cats “Please come to me my darling.” Pleased he is as he lives to tell the line did.

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Located below 12 feet of its ground level. Mukesh waded towards lioness soon Krishna, the male lion also joined watching the unknown man in their territory.

Lucky Mukesh because lions are wary of water, as these cats are also human reared; therefore they didn’t take him as a prey. Had it been the tiger’s moat, Mukesh would have become fodder,” said one of the zoo staff. Shouting across the other end people made Mukesh alert and diverted lions. Animal keeper Pappaiah softly called out to the cats. It was around 5.pm. and the time for feeding cats, so they were also responding to his calls.

“Mukesh was lucky that he got away. He was completely drunk when he jumped in,” a zoo official said. Angry visitors demanded for sound thrashing, but the zoo staff handed over him to Bahadurpura police. “When asked to explain his actions, he said he wanted to see the lion up close and shake its hand. We will question him again after he sobers up,” said Bahadurpura Inspector Harish Kaushik.

Cases under sections IPC 448 and 38 F of Wildlife Protection Act (trespassing and teasing animals) were filed against him.

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