Lion Attacks, Drags Wildlife Park Owner By Neck Inside Facility

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 lion came pouncing upon Hodge who tried making a run to the gate, but he was grabbed by the lion's paws before he could escape.

The owner of a South African wildlife park was viciously attacked by one of his lions in a horrifying episode caught on tape.

Told a friend, 'Mike and one of his rangers were a little concerned about a smell in a compound that was upsetting one of the lions and had gone in through the gate to see what was causing it'. The park owner then gets dragged towards the bushes while onlookers scream and look on in despair.

The animal park's website states Mike and Chrissy Hodge moved to South Africa from the United Kingdom in 1999 and opened their lion project in 2003. The park has been closed and it is believed the lion was put down.

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He and wife Chrissy moved to South Africa to open the sanctuary in 2003.

The 67-year-old man named Mike Hodge was rushed to the hospital with injuries on the neck and jaw, according to a Daily Mail report.

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

A video of the incident was also shot by onlookers, where Hodge could be first seen entering the animal's enclosure and then trying to run away from it.

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The lion is finally scared away by gunshots, leaving the man's motionless body lying in the bushes.

Whatever be the noble thought of the man, he found himself under attack from the predator who had nearly gone for the kill.

Mr Hodge was rescued after a gun was sacked, causing the lion to drop him and run away.

The lion was reportedly put down after the attack.

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  • Theresa Obrien