No True Sanctuary Would Allow People in Cat Cages with Big Cats
Witnesses watch in horror as the animal pursues him towards the metal door to the pen – at the park nine kilometers from Thabazimbi.
Onlookers scream as he is dragged back by the beast. The hulking animal claws at the man – who goes limp in its grip.
The lion drags the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes and onlookers scream for help.
Then, suddenly, a shot rings out – thought to be from a warden’s gun. The lion drops its prey and runs for cover.
A woman is heard howling in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting ‘get a rifle’.
The big cat is thought to have been put down in the wake of the grisly attack.
Marakele remains closed in the wake of the attack while Chrissy was belived to be too upset to comment.
Marakele Predator Park was established in 2010 by Mr Hodge and his wife Chrissy after they emigrated from the UK, according to its website.
They moved to South Africa in 1999 and started a lion conservation project in 2003 on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.
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