Saturday, 18 August, 2018

Lion brutally attacks wildlife park owner when he enters the enclosure

In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground
Rosie Leonard | 02 May, 2018, 01:47

Mr and Mrs Hodge started a lion project in Thabazimbi, northern South Africa, which became the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in 2009. The lion quickly spots him and chases him as he runs for a metal gate.

A British wildlife park owner is recovering in hospital after he was mauled by a lion when he entered its enclosure.

"Mike and one of his rangers were a little concerned about a smell in a compound that was upsetting one of the lions and had gone in through the gate to see what was causing it", Hodge's friend told the Sun.

Onlookers can be heard screaming for help as the lion swings at Hodge, who then appears motionless at that point.

The wildlife park remains closed.

Makarele Predator Park lion attack: Big cat put down following attack.

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One of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia is released at its final destination: an animal sanctuary in South Africa's Limpopo province.

A friend who did not want to be named told the Sun Online: "He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong".

According to United Kingdom tabloid The Sun, he relocated from the United Kingdom with his wife Chrissy in 2003, and is now in hospital after sustaining neck and jaw injuries.

A video of the incident was also shot by onlookers, where Hodge could be first seen entering the animal's enclosure and then trying to run away from it.

The lion latches on to Mr Hodge's neck and drags him back towards the bushes.

Debbie Wagner said: "So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him". Unfortunately, as he wasn't fast enough, the lion caught hold of him and dragged him away.

The animal has reportedly been killed following the attack.

The big cat is thought to have been put down in the wake of the grisly attack.

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