But as a crowd of several hundred people gathered metres away, the lion opened its eyes and tried to get up again.
The lion had to be given two “top-up” doses of anesthetic before he could be treated.
He was stretchered away from the township. When he was fully recovered, he was released into the bush some distance away.
The snare was wrapped round the lion’s paw, tethering him to a tree, AWARE Trust said.
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