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Lion Mauls Owner of South African Wildlife Park

02 May 2018, 01:42 | Sheila Mcguire

In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground

In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground

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.

Hodge ran for the gate, but the lion grabbed him by his neck and dragged him several feet.

A lion was captured on video attacking a wildlife park owner on the grounds of his facility.

A friend of Mr Hodge told The Sun the sanctuary owner entered the lion compound to investigate a unusual smell.

Onlookers can be heard screaming for help as the lion swings at Hodge, who then appears motionless at that point.


Mike Hodge, a 67-year-old British expat, was rushed to hospital with injuries to the neck and jaw following the shocking incident caught on film in South Africa.

Makarele Predator Park lion attack: Big cat put down following attack.

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The lion briefly drops the man as it drags him towards the bushes.

"He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong".

"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".


Another man is heard shouting: "Somebody get a rifle, just in case" and a sobbing woman says: "Please, somebody help him".

Incidents of big cats attacking humans are increasing at an alarming rate, and the fault is not at all that of these majestic wild animals.

Debbie Wagner said: "So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him".

Marakele remains closed in the wake of the attack while Chrissy was believed to be too upset to comment.

The founder of a private animal reserve in South Africa is reportedly in serious condition after being mauled by a lion in front of shocked bystanders. The attack is now being investigated and it is not immediately clear what caused the animal to snap.




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