A suicidal 20-year-old man is recovering after breaking into a lion’s cage in a Chilean zoo on Saturday. Two African lions housed at Santiago Zoo instinctively pounced on the man and severely mauled him. Sadly, the lions and had to be put down in order to save the man’s life.
The man, who has been named by local media as Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, survived the incident and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to local news, a suicide note was found inside his clothes that made allusions to the apocalypse as a reason for his death wish.
Alejandra Montalva, the zoo’s director, said: “He trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lion’s enclosure. It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.” A graphic video of the incident is available over on the next page, but be warned that it’s not for the fainthearted.
Cynthia Vasquez was a witness to the incident: “He entered the enclosure from above and the lions started to play with him, and then after they attacked him.” Another witness added: ‘There were a lot of children there, and parents covered their eyes while it was going on.”
Eventually the lions were shot in order to save the man’s life, despite the fact that he so clearly didn’t want to be saved. Mr Ferrada Roman is said to be in a stable condition and recovering in hospital.
Lions aren’t always the vicious, snarling creatures we often perceive them to be. Over on the next page is footage of a pack of young lions acting completely differently from the caged lions Mr Roman was unfortunate enough to come across.
The footage, filmed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, shows the creatures peacefully lying on the branch out of reach from the itching insects.
These lions should think themselves lucky that they’ve been given the freedom to lay around as much as they like. Sadly these animals, left for dead in the world’s worst zoo, aren’t quite as privileged.