South Africa

Shocking video shows man being mauled by lion after entering its enclosure in South Africa

The facility’s owner was treated for neck and jaw wounds after the attack

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 4:22am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 May, 2018, 6:45pm

A lion whose attack on a man at a wildlife area in South Africa was recorded in a graphic video has been killed.

The News24 media outlet reported Wednesday that a staff member at Marakele Predator Centre in Limpopo province killed the lion after it mauled Michael Hodge, the owner of the facility.

The graphic and potentially upsetting footage, which can be viewed below, shows Hodge walking in an enclosure behind the lion and then running for an exit when the lion turns and chases him. The lion quickly drags him toward some bushes.

The website of the Marakele Predator Centre said Hodge and his wife moved from Britain to South Africa in 1999.

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In the video, Hodge seems to look around and kick up a little dirt before turning to leave – at which point the creature senses him and turns around to face him. 

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Hodge, whose face has been blurred in the footage, then tries to sprint for the door, but is caught by the massive cat, which drags him away as he pleads for help. 

Another man is heard shouting: “Somebody get a rifle, just in case,” while a terrified and sobbing woman screams: “Help my dad! … Please, somebody help him.”

Hodge is dragged out of view of the camera and into bushes, while gunshots are heard.

Police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said that the man who was attacked is in intensive care with jaw and neck injuries.

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.