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Two lions escape from transport container at Singapore airport

Two lions escape from transport container at Singapore airport
Singapore Airlines said two lions escaped from their transport container at Singapore's Changi Airport. but they were tranquilized and taken to a sanctuary for observation. File Photo by Ismael Mohamad/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Two lions were safely tranquilized and taken to a secure facility after escaping from a container at a Singapore airport.

Singapore Airlines confirmed the lions escaped at Changi Airport, but remained contained by safety netting until being shot with a tranquilizer gun by a team from the Mandai Wildlife Group.

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The group took the two lions, and five others in the same shipment, to a facility to recover from sedation.

The lions arrived at the airport from another country and had been due to depart the hub for a destination overseas. The lions' country of origin and intended destination were not released.

Singapore Airlines said an investigation is underway to determine how the lions escaped from the container.

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