Nairobi: An elderly Kenyan man was clawed by a lion that was wandering along a busy road during morning rush hour in the capital Nairobi yesterday, wildlife officials said.

It is the third time in a month that lions have caused panic as they roamed outside of Nairobi National Park, a 117 square kilometre (29,000 acre) reserve.

The 63-year-old man was injured when the lion became agitated and swiped at him, said Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) spokesman Paul Udoto.

“People were there, hooting their horns, taking selfies and all that and the lion got agitated,” Udoto said, adding that the man was taken to hospital and was in stablecondition.

Soon afterwards, the lion returned to the park, followed by rangers who encouraged it to move deeper into the reserve.