A lion has killed a zookeeper in Japan

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A zookeeper in Japan was killed by a lion while trying to lure it into its cage with food.
Kenichi Kato, 53, was found with a neck wound and passed out in the lion's cage yesterday afternoon, a local police spokesman told AFP.

"He is believed to have been feeding the lion," said the spokesman, who did not want to be named.

It was previously said that Kato tried to lure the lion into the cage with food, but did not lock the door that separated the room he was in from the cage where the lion lived. The Daily Mail.

Kato worked at the zoo for 27 years and was mainly in charge of feeding the lions, tigers and bears.

"We are very sorry for everything. We apologize to Kato and his family. We will do our best to improve the measures so that something like this never happens again," the zoo administration said.

The zoo will remain closed until it is determined to be safe for visitors.

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