Lion's share of the action

19th June 2009 at 01:00

While having a rabbit or goldfish in the classroom may benefit some pupils and develop their abilities to nurture, one school in China tested its pupils' survival instinct with an unusual animal on the school grounds.

At Rudong Shiyan Elementary School, teachers and pupils were surprised when they saw a lion trying to climb up to the campus from the local river.

"Originally we thought it was a big dog or buffalo in the water, never expecting it to be a giant and furious lion," an eyewitness told Chinese press.

The lion, belonging to the People's Park in Rudong, escaped after staff forgot to lock the cage. The feeder at the zoo reportedly said that a mouse had distracted him, and when he turned around, the lion was gone.

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