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Andry Prasetyo / Reuters

A zoo official prepares to tie the mouth of an African lion, after it was successfully anesthetized at Taman Satwa Jurug in Solo, in Indonesia's Java province, on Jan. 31, 2012.

Andry Prasetyo / Reuters

Zoo officials examine a dead camel after it was attacked by an African lion at the zoo on Jan. 31, 2012.

By David R Arnott,

Oni, an African lion, escaped from his cage at an Indonesian zoo and then attacked and killed a camel before he was subdued and anesthetized, according to local reports monitored by Reuters.

ITN reports that the camel killed in the incident was a two-year-old male called Thomas, while another female camel survived.

It took 90 minutes for zoo officials to capture the lion and shoot him with a tranquilizer dart inside the camel's enclosure.

The zoo keeper is thought to have forgotten to lock Oni's cage after cleaning and feeding the lion. Indonesian website VIVAnews reports that the errant keeper was given the day off to calm down.

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