Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Lion attacks safari park owner in stomach-churning footage

Lion attacks safari park owner in stomach-churning footage

Shocking footage of the incident shows the lion chasing Mr Hodge after he enters the enclosure and then dragging him towards some bushes. The park has been closed and it is believed the lion was put down.

According to multiple reports, the animal has reportedly been put down following the attack. At one moment, he lost the grip over the man but again latched on to him to make the final attack amidst the screams for help from onlookers.

Mike Hodge's decision to get up, close and personal with a lion, dubbed as the king of jungle turned into a nightmarish experience.

Hodge, who left the United Kingdom for South Africa with his wife Chrissy in 1999, is believed to have suffered neck and jaw injuries stemming from the altercation.

A few years later they relocated to the town in the Limpopo province and founded the Marakele Predator Park.

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.

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He and wife Chrissy moved to South Africa to open the sanctuary in 2003.

A friend who did not want to be named told the Sun Online: "He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong". The animal notices him and then charges as Hodge tries to head toward the metal door of the encasement to escape.

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!" Unfortunately, as he wasn't fast enough, the lion caught hold of him and dragged him away.

Told the commentator, 'So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him.

The elderly man reportedly remains in a critical condition.

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