A 20-year-old Chilean identified as Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, has reportedly survived an attack by lions after jumping into their enclosure.
Mail Online reports that the man stripped naked and jumped into the lions’ enclosure with the aim of committing suicide, but he survived the incident while the lions were killed.
The man being ;played with’ by the lions.
It was gathered that the two African lions were put down as they severely mauled the man who had broken into their cage early on Saturday.
One of the lions playing with the man when he jumped inside their enclosure.
Mr Roman has since been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be recovering fine after initially being in a grave condition.
Zookeepers intervened in the attack when they saw the lions ‘playing’ with the man, and shot the two lions in order to save his life.
Some of the lions attacked the man as soon as he entered.
The zookeeper explained afterwards, that the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident.
Speaking also on the incident, Alejandra Montalva, director of the zoo, said: “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 lion’s enclosure.
“It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.”
While expressing her sadness with the incident, Montalva noted that she was deeply affected by the death of the animals, adding: “the zoo has an established protocol because people’s lives are very important to us” and that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions from mauling the man.