Officials at the Dallas Zoo say they can't explain how a lion in an exhibit was killed by another in full view of families visiting on the weekend.
The female lion, 5-year-old Johari, was bitten on the neck by one of the male lions Sunday afternoon.
Michael Henshaw tells Dallas television station WFAA that "everyone thought they were playing at first." It soon became clear that they weren't.
Dylan Parker tells The Dallas Morning News that he saw zoo staff start to yell at the lion and throw chunks of meat inside to distract them.
Lynn Kramer, the zoo's vice president of animal operations and welfare, says five lions in total are typically in the exhibit and never seem to endanger each other.
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