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A lion has been shot useless ‘for being a wild animal’ after pouncing on a British man who entered the confines of its enclosure.

Expat Mike Hodge, 71, was taken on a terrifying journey across the lion’s den.

Onlookers panicked and referred to as for somebody to ‘get a rifle’. Inside moments, safari keepers had laid waste to Shamba the lion.

Mike is now recovering in hospital after struggling quite a few cuts and a damaged jaw in what have to be his closest dance with demise.

The incident occurred over the weekend artwork Marakele Animal Sanctuary in Thabazimbi, South Africa.


Spokeswoman Bernadette Maguire mentioned the household have been ‘devastated’ after Shamba was shot useless having raised the large cat because it was a cub.

She additionally mentioned Hodge ‘is simply too conscious of the hazards of working with wildlife however they continue to be his ardour.’

On-line commenters weren’t so supportive, with one saying:

What the f*ck do you anticipate entering into with a caged animal? However I’m certain it will have been shot after only for being a lion. As for the hysterical girl? She nonetheless managed to movie it! Absolute d*ckheads.


One other wrote:

This makes me LIVID! So the proprietor will get better they usually kill this magnificent creature resulting from idiotic human error? … If I used to be stored in a cage, I’d’ve executed the identical as this lion – and the lion really simply dragged him behind the bush and walked away – perhaps he tasted/smelled just like the piece of sh*t he’s. Individuals ought to boycott locations like this!

A 3rd mentioned:

So one other stunning lion is misplaced – killed for behaving based on his pure intuition. He was bred, caged and exploited for revenue from delivery by a greed-driven, wicked particular person with a god-complex who thought that ‘his’ lion wouldn’t assault him. This isn’t a ‘sanctuary’. Sanctuaries don’t have rifles available to homicide the animals they’re meant to be defending! I’m so sick of wildlife paying the value for disgusting human greed and exploitation.

Relaxation in peace, stunning king. You deserved your individual delight and the liberty of the plains of Africa as your private home. As an alternative, you have been bred and used at each stage of your life for revenue by heartless, wretched people.


Within the surprising footage that has emerged of the assault, Hodge is seen getting into the cage as one other man, considered a keeper, carrying a bucket making an attempt to coax the lion close to the sting.

However Shamba, impatient and one step forward of the sport, lunges for Hodge as an alternative.

After an infinite tussle and lots of makes an attempt to salvage Hodge with out the help of weaponry, a shot rings out and Shamba disappears.

A mindless demise. Relaxation simple, Shamba.

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