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Escaped lions roaming Nairobi streets: 'Keep kids locked up'

LION AROUND: Back in 2013, two lions escaped the same park in Kenya

AT LEAST four lions are roaming the streets of Kenya's capital after they escaped from Nairobi National Park.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) is hunting for the creatures that escaped not long after midnight and were spotted on main roads in the city by morning.

Nairobi residents have been urged to stay away and report any further sightings to a free telephone line.

"Lions are dangerous wild animals. Don't confront them when you encounter them," KWS's Paul Udoto tweeted.

Wardens at the park told the BBC that helicopters are now being used to track and trace the escapees, thought to include three lions and a lioness.

There has been confusion about exactly how many lions are on the loose with Udoto, KSW's spokesman, saying reports of six lions were exaggerated.

Udoto said he was concerned that people would try and tackle the lions themselves, as has happened in the past.

In 2012, four cubs had to be placed in an orphanage after a similar incident led to their mother being killed. And in 2013, two lions brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill in Nairobi, Kenya when they decided to have a lie down in the middle the street.

Answering a question on Twitter from a worried mother, Udoto advised her to keep her children locked inside until the lions had been safely returned to the park, adding such incidents were the "perils of born town lions".

Nairobi National Park borders the capital. It is estimated about 30 lions live in the park.

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