Zookeeper Attacked By Lion In Front Of Visitors During Feeding Time
A video has emerged online showing the moment a zookeeper was attacked by a lion during feeding time in front of a group of horrified visitors.
The staff member can be seen throwing raw meat into the enclosure when the male lion attacks, biting down on his arm through the bars of the pen at Karachi Zoological Gardens in Karachi, Pakistan.
As the poor guy tries to break free, the big cat only tightens his grip and keeps him there for before he manages to escape with his arm in tact... kinda.
While all this was going on, other employees of the zoo reportedly watched on.
Meanwhile, onlookers clapped, shouted and hissed at the animal in a bid to scare him off.
When the man is finally let go, he sits on the ground in shock as blood pours out of his arm, the visitors in audible distress over how to help him.
Thankfully, the zookeeper was soon rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi where he is said to be in a stable condition.
Karachi Zoological Gardens director, Qamar Ayub, said: "Our staff member was provided immediate treatment and he's stable now.
"It's an unfortunate incident and we have all sympathy with the zookeeper. We are providing the best possible treatment to him and hope that he would be back home in two to three days."
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Qamar went on to explain that the worker had violated the zoo's policies by feeding the lion from the wrong end of the enclosure, putting himself at risk of the attack.
Lesson learned - just a shame he had to learn the hard way.
Still, this story could've turned out a lot worse. I would've said ask these three big game poachers who visited South Africa's Sibuya Game Reserve, but you can't because they were eaten by lions.
Yes, the illegal hunters had travelled over to the spot to bag themselves some expensive animal parts, only to have the switch flipped when they became a pride's dinner.
Owner of the reserve, Nick Fox, 60, said at the time: "We found enough body parts and three pairs of empty shoes which suggest to us that the lions ate at least three of them but it is thick bush and there could be more.
"They came heavily armed with hunting rifles and axes which we have recovered and enough food to last them for several days so we suspect they were after all of our rhinos here.
"They were clearly intent on killing rhinos and cutting off their horns. But the lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal.
"Whilst we are saddened at any loss of life the poachers came here to kill our animals and this sends out a very clear message to any other poachers that you will not always be the winner."
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