Lion mauls South African sanctuary owner in enclosure
Lion mauls South African sanctuary owner in enclosure
Caught between the lion's jaws the man goes limp as he is dragged towards the bushes
02 May, 2018, 01:42
Thabazimbi is home to the Marakele Animal Sanctuary, which allows visitors to ride around its lion enclosure in a specially protected vehicle, according to reviews on Google.
Suddenly, Mr Hodge is seen running for the gate of Shamba's enclosure before being brought down just short, his body crashing against the fence.
The video shot at the wildlife park showed the British man entering the lion's enclosure equivalent to the big cat's den.
Pictures shows Mr Hodge smiling in his hospital bed despite his injuries, with a friend telling The Sun that he is recovering from the dramatic ordeal.
The lion drags the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes and onlookers scream for help.
It has become a routine of a sort to step inside animals' enclosure, a mistake that could have proven fatal for Briton owner of Marakele Predator Park in South Africa. In yet another incident, an elderly man was attacked by a lion at Marakele Predator Park in South Africa.
"It had put the lion on edge but when Mike went in the lion turned and came for him and he ran but couldn't get through the gate quick enough and it had him".
He and wife Chrissy moved to South Africa to open the sanctuary in 2003.
"He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong", she added.
However, police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said on Tuesday that police are investigating a lion attack in the Thabazimbi area of Limpopo province, and that the man who was attacked is in intensive care with jaw and neck injuries.
The lion then releases Hodge from his grip and runs away.
Debbie Wagner said: "So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him".
The big cat is thought to have been put down in the wake of the grisly attack.
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