Shocking footage has emerged of a lion mauling an elderly man after he entered its enclosure in an animal sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa.
The graphic and potentially upsetting footage, which can be viewed below, shows the lion apparently being led away from the enclosure’s entrance by a park worker on the other side of a wire fence, when the elderly man opens a door and enters.
The old man 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.
The man, 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 in an American accent, “Somebody get a rifle, just in case,” while a terrified and sobbing woman, apparently also an American, screams: “Help my dad! … Please, somebody help him.”
The elderly man is dragged out of view of the camera and into bushes, while gunshots are heard. It’s unclear whether the lion was shot, or what injuries the man sustained.
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.
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. - AP