An elderly man was mauled by a huge male lion at the Marakele Predator Park and the shocking incident was caught on film.
The elderly man had entered the lion’s enclosure at the wildlife park in South Africa.
Incident is believed to have happened last Saturday.
In the video which has now gone viral, the elderly man had entered the lion’s enclosure and immediately the big cat spotted him, the lion attacked, gave chase..
Witnesses watched in horror as the animal pursued the man towards the metal door to the pen and in split seconds, the lion’s jaws closed around his neck.
Onlookers screamed when caught between the lion’s jaws, the man went limp and the lion dragged him like a rag doll towards the bushes.
The lion dragged the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes as onlookers screamed for help.
A woman is heard howling in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting ‘get a rifle’.
Then, suddenly, a shot rings out – thought to be from a warden’s gun. That was the only time the lion dropped its prey and ran for cover. It is unclear if the man is dead.
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According to reports, the elderly man remains in a critical condition. He is believed to be the owner of the park.
The huge lion, however, is thought to have been put down in the wake of the grisly attack.
The video sparked debate on social media, with some people criticising the man for entering the lion’s enclosure.