Lioness escapes tourist attraction
Dec. 16, 1997
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ A lion escaped a private zoo in a popular tourist area Monday as handlers tried to move it from a cage flooded by heavy rains.
The full-grown female African lion was last seen running toward a wooded area behind JungleLand, said sheriff's spokesman Lt. July Rivers.
``They tried to tranquilize it but it didn't work,'' Rivers said.
JungleLand is located in the heart of a busy tourist district, not far from Walt Disney World.
JungleLand spokeswoman Cynthia Potter said Monday night that it would be in the animal's nature to ``take advantage of the night and sleep.''
``We have the perimeter surrounded and secured at this point,'' she said.
Agents with the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission were sent to Jungleland to help find the lioness.