Animal rights organizations revealed more details of the lion that was shot to death last Sunday in Petén after he escaped and killed his caretaker.
The incident occurred at the Santa Isabel hotel and tourist center in the municipality of El Chal, in the department of Petén, 450 kilometers north of Guatemala City.
According to the animal defense group “Guate Unida por los Animales”, the lion lived “caged” in a cell with a cement floor “deprived of his liberty.”
The group made a call on its social networks to the country’s authorities to “ban the animals on display.” “Enough of the suffering and so many innocents who die in silence”, added.
Meanwhile, the social communication area National Council of Protected Areas (Conap), which also watches over Guatemalan biological diversity, indicated in a brief response to the Efe Agency that the institution’s Wildlife staff is “providing accompaniment in the necessary proceedings” and they “collaborate” with the investigation.
In addition, they added that the owner of the recreation center registered a collection of animals before the Conap registries in 2006 among which was the lion, which was subject to periodic reviews.
The local environment Noti Petén assured that the lion escaped from its cage and attacked to the death a worker from the recreation center, for which “neighbors” of the municipality followed him up and They called in agents of the National Civil Police, who shot the lion.
The man was identified as Santos Esquivel Nájera, 33, worker of the place and in charge of feeding the feline.
Guatemala counts with around 2,300 species of flora and fauna in danger of extinction and it is considered one of the most biodiverse nations in the world, but according to experts it is in danger of losing its natural wealth in the next 10 years.