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Man mauled by South African lion, graphic video shows

Man mauled by South African lion, graphic video shows

Mike Hodge, a 67-year-old British expat, was rushed to hospital with injuries to the neck and jaw following the shocking incident caught on film in South Africa.

The incident led to Hodge sustaining neck and jaw injuries, with since released photos showing the man in a "cheery" mood as he continued to recover at nearby Mediclinic Hospital reported News24.

A friend of Mr Hodge told The Sun the sanctuary owner entered the lion compound to investigate a odd smell. The hulking animal claws at the man - who goes limp in its grip.

Mr and Mrs Hodge started a lion project in Thabazimbi, northern South Africa, which became the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in 2009. The park owner then gets dragged towards the bushes while onlookers scream and look on in despair. The lion attacked his victim with full might and had nearly dragged him into the jungle before a gunshot was sacked.

Marakele Predator Park was established in 2010 by Mr Hodge and his wife Chrissy after they emigrated from the United Kingdom, according to its website.

The founder of a private animal reserve in South Africa is reportedly in serious condition after being mauled by a lion in front of shocked bystanders.




Marakele Predator Centre is situated 9 Km's out of the town of THABAZIMBI in the LIMPOPO region of the bushveld, surrounded by the attractive Waterberg Mountains.

Guests can stay in safari tents and each night they "will be able to hear the lions roar, hyenas laugh, and jackals calling". The animal notices him and then charges as Hodge tries to head toward the metal door of the encasement to escape.

One viewer questioned why he had ventured so close to the lion.

Another commented on how the lion was just acting according to its animal instinct. The attack is now being investigated and it is not immediately clear what caused the animal to snap.

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

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