Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Lion brutally attacks wildlife park owner when he enters the enclosure

Lion brutally attacks wildlife park owner when he enters the enclosure

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.

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.

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

Michael Hodge was in intensive care with jaw and neck injuries.

Mike Hodge, a 67-year-old British man, can be seen in the footage trying to evade the animal at the Makarele Predator Centre in Thabazimbi, South Africa.

Nearly instantly the big cat spots the elderly man, believed to be the owner of the park, and gives chase. The park owner then gets dragged towards the bushes while onlookers scream and look on in despair.

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".

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It has become a routine of a sort to step inside animals' enclosure, a mistake that could have proven fatal for Briton owner of Marakele Predator Park in South Africa.

A woman howls in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting "get a rifle just in case".

The lion then releases Hodge from his grip and runs away.

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.

The man appeared to make it to the gate of the lion's enclosure when the animal pounced.

Debbie Wagner said: 'So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him. So basically because of this mans stupidity, this unbelievable animal has been killed!'

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