Zoo kills 2 lions after man throws himself into enclosure in 'suicide attempt'

Zoo kills 2 lions after man throws himself into enclosure in 'suicide attempt'
Published: 2016 May 22 09:46:58 (8897 Views)
Two lions at a zoo in Chile were killed after they attacked a man who jumped into their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt.

The 20-year-old man climbed a fence at the zoo in the capital Santiago and leapt into the lion pen, according to local reports.

The animals then attacked him causing serious injuries.

Staff were forced to intervene and took the decision to shoot dead two of the lions, a male and a female.

The man was then rushed to hospital where he is said to be in a serious condition.



The lions had been bred in captivity and were around 22 years old, it is believed.

Witness Cynthia Vasquez told Radio Bío Bío the animals did not attack immediately and criticised zoo staff for their allegedly "slow" response.

She said: "He got in from on top of the enclosure, the lions started to play with him, then they attacked him."

Security first tried firing water at the lions and evacuated the area, Ms Vasquez added.

A suicide note was reportedly found in the young man's clothes.

The zoo's director Alejandra Montalva said: "A marksman decided to save the person's life and sadly we took the decision to sacrifice two members of our family.... We're very hurt and very saddened."



Source - Metro

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