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A lion gifted to Sri Lanka by the Seoul Zoo arrived at the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens early this morning.

The two-year-old lion was gifted to Sri Lanka under the programme of exchange of animals between the two countries, the Zoological Garden authorities said.

The lion would be caged until it became accustomed to the environment and would later be released to the open zoological gardens in Rideegama, Hambantota.

Two lionesses are also expected to arrive from Germany at the end of the month and they would be displayed for public viewing after the ceremonial christening. (Pix by M. Suranjith Perera) (News by  H.M. Dharmapala)
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  • Nirmal Fernando Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:01 PM

    Don't let the lion settled in Hambantota. The lion will be bored without people coming to see, just like the Airport.

    DHA Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:26 PM

    Do we have to pay for this too ????

    Lucky Weeramantry Saturday, 11 May 2013 04:28 AM

    Sent Them An elephant.

    Jhon Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:28 PM

    How come Lions come from Korea? I thought lions live in Africa, Maybe the Koreans are gonna spy on us? better check if the lion has a camera on.

    true citizen Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    one and only Air arabia stops flying to Mattala, there is an empty harbor. atleast will see weather this zoo get full? by the way why do you need zoo middle of a jungle? via DM Android App

    Robin Thursday, 09 May 2013 07:41 PM

    Healthy Korean lion to be kept under fed at Dehiwala zoo.

    Godaya Thursday, 09 May 2013 08:10 PM

    Eka Thamai pita ratin genawe ?

    Merry Friday, 10 May 2013 04:27 AM

    Personally i'm not a big fan of zoo's for the simple reason that the animals are locked up in small enclousures. i think it's cruel. I prefer the national parks where the animals can roam around more freely.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 10 May 2013 04:27 AM

    Because there are no more lions remaining in Hambanthota

    true citizen Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    ai api kaludha? what's wrong with my comments to not to publish? via DM Android App

    LankanFellow Friday, 10 May 2013 07:54 AM

    Exactly baby.. I too raise the same concern.. Even a lion gifted from other country is sent to Hambantota to please the royal family

    C.K.Lankaputhra Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:52 PM

    Lions in Sri Lanka are in extinction.Good idea to import.

    harry Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:53 PM

    Please stop this nonsense of "GIFTING" other's souls. This is cruel and please think of animals who too have brains and feel deprivation especially having been separated from their loved ones.

    Dot Thursday, 09 May 2013 10:08 PM

    Another Lion sent i in to captivity , given a life sentence , in a far off island . What crime did this animal commit ? Or did he fit into the catergory of a future terrorist !

    IOSirisena Friday, 10 May 2013 03:05 AM

    the lion is well trained it can perform the gangnam style dance.

    OMG Thursday, 09 May 2013 03:58 PM

    Exactly what we need.

    iranga Thursday, 09 May 2013 04:10 PM

    i feel sad when animals are locked...its a prison for them.. prisoner for our joy!

    kumar Friday, 10 May 2013 12:05 AM

    Be careful tamilnadu now we have one more LION

    sam Thursday, 09 May 2013 04:22 PM

    Thun hele kala thula sinha pataw
    natha un rata athara gosin...

    toosh Thursday, 09 May 2013 04:34 PM

    The Korean lion is not seems to be that much of ferocious than our own lions in Sri Lanka. Therefore, it should be kept far away from Colombo like the location.

    Lioness Friday, 10 May 2013 06:35 AM

    He looks pissed! Understandable :P

    baby Thursday, 09 May 2013 04:57 PM

    Even the lion is for Hambantota..? what's wrong with this country..??

    ghamerhussain Friday, 10 May 2013 03:34 AM

    is this buddah's teaching? stealing innocent lions freedom?

    lankan Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00 AM

    government whats pepole to shift to hambantota, now aimals are also being shifted. korea donated lions for lions via DM Android App

    ANTON Friday, 10 May 2013 01:11 AM

    TO SEE THE LAZIEST ANIMAL IN THE JUNGLE ?

    Justice Seeker Friday, 10 May 2013 03:39 AM

    Just nurture it as a tame animal, so it behaves tamely like they do in other countries from small ones. People are allowed to touch and play with it..

    Janaki Kalansuriya Friday, 10 May 2013 09:38 AM

    Just because it is a gift does not mean it should go without a proper quarantine test and procedure as these are not endemic animals to Korea. Maybe it is ill on account of the weather conditions in Korea and could well be bringing diseases with it.

    . Amila.G Friday, 10 May 2013 06:52 AM

    Poor animal. When the government can not manage and feed humans , Can they feed mighty lions


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