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Matope adapting well in his new home
Date Published: 13 Feb, 2012
A partially-blind13-year old lion brought to the Nairobi Animal Orphanage last month from the Hopcraft Ranch is alive and adjusting well in his new environment. Matope was brought to the orphanage after its caretaker at the ranch was found in possession of suspected game meat. He was later arrested and charged in court. Dr. Edward Kariuki, a vet at the Kenya Wildlife Service, says that although Matope is still moderately aggressive, it is feeding well and responding to calls from the other lions. “Matope has been seen to be friendly with the other lions and has even started responding to the animal keepers calls,” Dr Kariuki says. The lion is fed every day except on Monday just like all the others and has already been de-wormed together with the rest of the carnivores at the orphanage. Dr Kariuki confirmed that all efforts are being made to ensure the lion is well adapted to his new home.