If the Animals Are Sick, I Am Sick Too: Nigerian Man Who Has Been Feeding Lion, Others for 50 Years Speaks

If the Animals Are Sick, I Am Sick Too: Nigerian Man Who Has Been Feeding Lion, Others for 50 Years Speaks


  • A Nigerian man, Mallam Abba Gando, who has two wives and eight children has been working in a zoo for 50 years
  • The zookeeper revealed that he feeds and watches the animals how they eat, adding that he does not like them falling sick
  • Many Nigerians who reacted to his documentary video were wowed by his dedication to service all the decades

A Nigerian man, Mallam Abba Gando, has since 1971 been feeding lions and other wild animals in Kano state zoo.

Speaking with BBC Pidgin, the man revealed that before Kano Zoo was established, he used to have a farm on the same land the place is sited.

Many people were amazed by his dedication.
The man said that the animals have become like family.
Photo source: @bbcnewspidgin
Source: Instagram

Abba who said that he is very proud of his work said he was employed with some other people to work at the zoo 50 years ago.

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The man revealed that he so loves the job that the animals have become like family. He added that he has benefited many things working at the zoo.

Abba said feeding wild animals at the zoo is what he wants to keep doing for the rest of his life. The father of eight children and husband to two wives said that his family members are all happy with the kind of work he does.

According to him, the only thing he has had it rough with any animal was in 1974 when a monkey pinched while he wanted to feed it.

Abba does not only feed the wildlife, he also stay behind to observe how they eat. The man said only God protects him. He added that he has built a house and taken care of his family well from the job.

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Watch the video below:

Below are some of the reactions:

shuuga.baebii.awele said:

“My omoo is omoed…. God will sha continue to protect you, as for me, I no fit do this kind work.”

samuyiiguokundia said:

“50yrs of service and still very proud of what he does, why our today under 20s are looking for quick way out.”

king_dule said:

“2 wife’s and 8 children Oga Ahmed wawu.”

kozeyjames said:

“Two wives, 8 children. Living on a Zookeeper salary in Nigeria.”

shynepizzle_vii said:

“Can’t compare this lion to that wannabe lion in Ibadan zoo.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerians took to social media to express grave concern when photos of hungry-looking animals flooded the internet on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

It was gathered that a visitor who visited Gamji Gate Zoo in Kaduna state took pictures of a starved lion, hyena, and other animals.

Among the animals that appear to just be subsisting are crocodiles and a chimpanzee. A horrible sight shows some crocodiles in shallow waters.

Source: Legit.ng





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