Johari, the Dallas Zoo's 5-Year-Old Lioness, Was Fatally Mauled on Sunday

Categories: Animal Welfare

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The attack itself happened in a blink. One minute Johari, a 5-year-old lioness, was roaming the Dallas Zoo's Giants of the Savannah exhibit. The next she was pinned down by a male lion, his teeth digging into her jugular.

"She died very quickly, and there were no visible outward signs of trauma," the zoo wrote last night on its Facebook page. "The keepers immediately brought the other four lions off of the exhibit."

To the crowd of onlookers, the scene played out in slow-motion.

See also: This Dallas Zoo Lion is Clearly Trying to Devour a Small Child

"You could see this lion holding the other one down," zoo patron Michael Henshaw told NBC 5. "There was no blood, but it held her down for about 10 to 15 minutes til she was lifeless."

Zoo staffers are mourning the loss of Jo-Jo, as they called her. They describe her as "very playful, always one of the first to find new surprises in the habitat, like pumpkins or watermelons. She was sweet and loving with her sisters, and often could be found grooming them."

The killer's motive remains a mystery, but experts suspect it has something to do with lions being wild animals. These things happen.

Send your story tips to the author, Eric Nicholson.


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39 comments
John1073
John1073

Perhaps the male lion had just finished watching the Blackfish documentary about the killer whales living in bath tubs and realized he was in the equivalent of a closet.

brian.martin
brian.martin

Dead lioness =sad

Wild animals is zoos= a lot sadder

the comments here =beer out my nose


Thanks to all the usuals, Merkin I need a vag wig by the way, and always the entertaining Katz..

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

It's not the male's fault - he warned her twice already.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Probbably some fault of the zoo! That should not happen unless there were circumstances - and this case as most -- man made! Would a big ape escape or a lioness get killed by another lion at the San Diego Zoo?? No

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Domesticated cats certainly retain wild instincts, but they are not all violent instincts.  My brood is distinctly terrified of rodents, but the two Siamese males have tried to challenge Big Kitty for dominance, and not always with violence, with negative results for them.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Wait, how can this be? You never see anything like this in Disney movies and we all know that's how wild animals act.    

ozvideopro
ozvideopro

Poor beautiful lion... Sorry to hear of that. :(

Threeboys
Threeboys

First Jabari, now Johari? 

If I was an animal at the Dallas zoo who's name ends in 'ari' I'd be scared for my life.

rubberduky
rubberduky

They suspect it has something to do with the animals being wild ???? No, are you serious ?. Not the animals,..... wild ? Nah just a coincidence  !!!

tdkisok
tdkisok

That male lion probably am illegal.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Cats just get into killin' moods.  Several years ago I stopped at a store in Pandale (a very remote part of Texas) to get a Big Red.  It was about 155 degrees outside.  The guy had a bunch of polaroids under the glass.  Dead sheep laying everywhere.  Next scene was a dead mountain lion with a bunch of excited dogs and two guys with long guns.

When asked what happened the guy said the cat had the sheep hemmed up in the corner of a loafing pen and slapped (and bit) each one to death.  

He killed 102 sheep.

Took the dogs a couple of days to track the cat down where the guys shot it.  When asked how did he know they got the right cat he looked at me like I was crazy.  "By his smell."  The dogs bypassed all other cat scents.

Domesticated cats will do the same thing.  Play with some captured animal until they pounce and sink their teeth into its vitals.  Their eyes cross as they just drain the life out of their victim.  They aren't hungry.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

We cage wild animals up and expect them to drop their mysterious ways of the Wild.  Trust me, I would have been traumatized had I witnessed the scene, so am I any better than anyone else at understanding them?

leftocenter
leftocenter

My new kitten thinks of nothing but murder all day.

I'm making friends...the kids are on their own. 

Seriously, any (non-brutal/vulgar etc) ways to stop a young kitten from biting? 

JustSaying
JustSaying

@holmantx That story is amazing. 155 degrees and you chose Big Red at your thirst quencher.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@holmantx Fascinating story, thanks. I'd always heard that very few animals kill for reasons other than hunger or threat, highlighted by a particularly mean Aussie snake. Ironically, sharks take an undeserved reputation hit in that -- supposedly -- their kills of humans are either taste-testing or mistaken identity (surfer on a board may resemble a seal with flippers.) But big cats, and even domesticated cats?! No wonder they're the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@holmantx  

I have a cat that we have a little fun with.  We will give our cats some cat treats.  When the bag has only a few treats left in it, I will close it and toss it on the floor.  Eventually this one cat will come up to the pouch.  He will stalk it and finally pounce on it and put a bite on it.  When he has "killed" it, he will make various sounds and carry it off to his "lair"  where he proceeds to "disembowel" it and eat the treats inside.

Domestic cats are not that far removed from their feral cousins.  Cats have only been associating with humans for about 10,000 years as compared to 1,000,000+ years for dogs.  Cats did not begin cohabiting with humans until the advent of planned agriculture which lead to the storage of surplus food which in turn attracted rodents, which then in turn attracted the local feral cats.

Take a look at:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildcat

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_wildcat

 http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/bco/sandcat.htm


Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

STFU. U have 6 cats in your apartment.

The cats at the Zoo have more room.

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Oh really - that was an attack or just a chimp who liked to escape on a regular basis?? The Dallas Zoo is a 3rd rate facility and this stuff shouldnt happen! And you are fully informed?? Right!

tdkisok
tdkisok

@alteredjustice @tdkisok 


The grammar police......I thought DISD teachers couldn't get on the Internet during school hours? Anyway, I posted that before I could get to to my morning coffee.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@leftocenter The best way to teach'em not to bite is to play gently. When they grab your arm and bite, you have to avoid hurling it across the room and instead gently pull it away by the scruff of the neck. Playing (and biting is play) is natural. You're going to look like an attempted suicide victim with all the red scratches on your arms, but you'll teach your cat to play nice and bond at the same time.

Of course, when it grows up, and the mood strikes, better wear welding gloves.

I speak from experience

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@leftocenter 

Kittens are the worst.  When they come at you sideways with what I call "Cary Grant" eyes, your hands are in for a battering.  There will be blood.

If they can't sneak up on it, it's not worth killin'.

ruddski
ruddski

Cattibalism is just around the corner.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@tdkisok @ScottsMerkin what the fuck are you talking about? lindz  clearly has a pic, or you are blind as fuck, and that would explain your original post

alteredjustice
alteredjustice

@tdkisok Wow, wicked burn, bro. It's good to know you think only teachers are capable of stringing together six word sentences with proper verb tense. I need eight or so coffees after making this post.

MITZAdallas
MITZAdallas

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul 

@leftocenter 

  True.  Best way I know to stop the biting in the moment is to ball your hand into a fist and then freeze.     The little sh*t won't be able to get his teeth in your closed fist and will quickly become bored by your 'playing dead'.  

If that doesn't work, snatch his ass up by the back of his neck and hold him belly-up on the floor.  I usually like to add a triumphant "opposable thumbs, b*tch!" at this point, but "no" is probably sufficient.  

(FYI :  'taking the change out of his purse' won't necessarily fix the rough play - it might just give him purpose.   Good luck!)

leftocenter
leftocenter

@montemalone

Oh I do play gentle...but I have hurled the poor thing (and felt awful) when it was drawing blood!  Reacted without thinking.

He's getting fixed tomorrow.  Hopefully that'll help.  He loves me -- thinks I'm delicious.

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