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November 8, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Lion tranquilized after escape from Woodland Park Zoo den

Photo courtesy Woodland Park Zoo

A female African lion escaped from its sleeping den at the Woodland Park Zoo this afternoon before employees managed to tranquilze the animal.

The zoo said no one was injured in the incident.

Just before 4 p.m., the 12-year-old lion named Kalisa, pictured at right, was able to leave its den and get into a service hallway that zoo officials say is “behind the scenes” of the felines’ building. The lion was contained inside the building.

The zoo’s emergency response team composed of the zoo’s firearms units and veterinary staff equipped with tranquilizer darts responded. The lion was tranquilized and secured at 4:53 p.m. inside the service area, according to a zoo news release.

The zoo’s other two lions were secured in their dens during the incident.

Woodland Park Zoo will conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident, according to the news release.

As an institution accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), Woodland Park Zoo conducts several staff emergency drills throughout the year, practicing various scenarios including dangerous and non-dangerous animal escapes, earthquake and natural disasters and visitors in an animal exhibit.

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