Two lions were shot dead after a naked man jumped into their cage at Santiago’s Metropolitan Zoo in Chile.
The 20-year-old was mauled when he entered their cage in what is being reported as a suicide attempt. The man, who has been named as Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, was saved by a zoo keeper who intervened and shot the two lions. Roman was taken to hospital where he is now believed to be in a stable condition, he had several injuries and trauma to the head and the pelvic area.A park director later confirmed that a note, which is believed to be a suicide note, was found in his clothing.
Alejandra Montalva, the Zoo’s director, told Mail Online:
“We believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket.
“Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lions enclosure.”
“It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.“
Montalva went on to say that there was no fast acting tranquilizers available at the time, adding that she has been deeply affected by the deaths of the two lions.
Other witnesses have claimed that the man was shouting religious things and that the zoo was slow to react to the situation. The man’s actions haven’t gone down well on social media.
This footage was taken at the zoo.
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