A metro rail worker who had jumped into the African lion's enclosure at Hyderabad's Nehru Zoological Park in May this year, was sentenced to four-month imprisonment by a local court on Saturday.
He was also asked to pay a fine of Rs 100.
The Deccan Chronicle reported:
35-year-old Mukesh was drunk when he jumped into an enclosure of African lions to shake hands with the two lions inside. After jumping into the enclosure Mukesh fell into the moat inside it. Caretaker Papaiah saw Mukesh swimming in the moat towards the lions. He ran towards the parapet, climbed on it, and shouted at the lions to move them away from Mukesh.
â€œPapaiah diverted the attention of the lions by shouting and meanwhile, Mukhesh was pulled out of the enclosure by the security personnel,â€œ deputy commissioner of police (DCP), South Zone, V Satyanarayana told the Times of India.
The TOI report adds that the Bahadurpura police registered a case against Mukhesh under sections of the IPC and the Wild Life (Protection) Act.
Mukesh was in judicial remand since the incident.