Lion mauls South African sanctuary owner in enclosure

The hulking cat closes in on its prey at a predator park believed to be in South Africa

Suddenly, Mr Hodge is seen running for the gate of Shamba's enclosure before being brought down just short, his body crashing against the fence.

A wildlife park owner was savagely mauled by a lion in front of screaming onlookers after he entered the animal's enclosure.

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Incidents of big cats attacking humans are increasing at an alarming rate, and the fault is not at all that of these majestic wild animals.

The man, understood to be a British citizen, was attacked inside a lion enclosure at an animal sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa.

The wildlife park remains closed.

The man, whose face has been blurred in the footage, then tries to sprint for the door, but is caught by the massive cat, which drags him away as he pleads for help.

After coming from the United Kingdom to South Africa in 1999, Mike and Chrissy Hodge started off with their Lion project in 2003 out on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.

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He and wife Chrissy moved to South Africa to open the sanctuary in 2003.

Mike is recuperating in the hospital having sustained injuries to his neck and jaw, according to South African police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

A friend who did not want to be named told the Sun Online: "He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong".

The video sparked debate on social media, with some criticizing Hodge for entering the enclosure.

The lion drags the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes and onlookers scream for help.

"It had put the lion on edge but when Mike went in the lion turned and came for him and he ran but couldn't get through the gate quick enough and it had him".

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

The animal has reportedly been killed following the attack.

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