A 22-year-old man had scaled a 20ft enclosure at a Safari park before being spotted and dragged away by lions as bewildered visitors watched on. The entire harrowing event was caught on camera by onlookers.
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An unidentified man has been mauled to death by lions at Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park near Zirakpur in India before horrified onlookers as they were being transferred into the park on a safari. The young man managed to climb his way into the restricted area of the safari park, where four lions were roaming freely. By the time he was spotted, the man had already been gripped by lioness called Shipla as she proceeded to drag what she deemed as prey around the enclosure before male lion Yuvraj joined in.
The driver of the safari bus spotted the man before swiftly informing emergency staff who rushed to attempt to retrieve the man from the lions' grip whilst attempting to force the animals to back away as they sounded the car horn. The rescue team had eventually managed to pull him into the bus before rushing him to emergency care whilst in a critical condition, by which time he was already pronounced dead: "The deceased had major injuries on his right eye, neck and scratches on his chest and thigh," explained an on-duty doctor at the hospital.
Unfortunately the identity of the victim remains a mystery as officials were unable to recover anything that may trace them to who he is. Authorities are currently waiting for for the body of the man to be collected before carrying out a post-mortem examination after a notice had been made in the newspapers.
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