Briton Mike Hodge is dragged away by a lion

The elderly make runs for safety as the lion turns to pursue him to the gate

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 quickly spots him and chases him as he runs for a metal gate.

In the 90-second clip, a man can be seen being dragged away from the gate of a fenced-off enclosure by a male lion.

Pictures shows Mr Hodge smiling in his hospital bed despite his injuries, with a friend telling The Sun that he is recovering from the dramatic ordeal. At one moment, he lost the grip over the man but again latched on to him to make the final attack amidst the screams for help from onlookers.

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

Marakele remains closed in the wake of the attack while Chrissy was believed to be too upset to comment.

One of 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Columbia is released at its final destination: an animal sanctuary in South Africa's Limpopo province.




Nearly instantly the big cat spots the elderly man, believed to be the owner of the park, and gives chase.

A woman howls in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting "get a rifle just in case".

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.

Mike Hodge was rushed to hospital with injuries to the neck and jaw following the shocking incident caught on film. When the lion was finished with him, Hodge lay motionless on the ground.

As the animal pulls the man further into the bushes, gunshots rang out, which caused the lion to flee.

Shamba was killed after the attack, a family friend, Bernadette Maguire, told The Telegraph.

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