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Ukraine zookeeper to live in lions’ cage for five weeks   

(AFP)

KIEV — A Ukrainian zookeeper plans to spend five weeks living in an enclosure with two lions to raise funds for the zoo.

Alexander Pylyshenko, who entered the lions’ enclosure on Tuesday, said he plans to spend the next 35 days painting pictures of the lions, which he will sell to raise money for new buildings.

The 40-year-old even intends to help a pregnant lioness give birth during his time with the lions, the zoo said.

“I hope that my attitude and the optimism with which I approach this project will be understood by people,” he said in a statement on the zoo’s website.

He told a local newspaper, Nash Gorod, that he planned to take showers and use a toilet outside the enclosure but would sleep on a wooden platform inside.

The private zoo in the town of Vasylivka in western Ukraine, around 500 kilometres from Kiev, has two lions, named Samson and Katya, living in a bare enclosure.

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