A 20 year old man, named by local media as
Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, who was suicidal,
stripped naked and entered a lion enclosure in a
Chilean. The man broke into their cage early
Saturday morning and offered himself to the lions
horrifying other visitors who were at the zoo and
witnessed the whole attack.
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When he entered the enclosure, the two lions
immediately pounced on him and started to ,play’
with him, severely mauling him.
who tried to intervene shot the lions to save the
Santiago authorities confirmed that the two lions
who mauled the man were shot and killed as they
severely mauled the man because they didn’t have
any fast acting tranquilizers.
The man was immediately taken to a nearby
hospital for treatment and was said to be in critical
The director of the zoo, Alejandra Montalva, 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.’
The zoo director said the place was crowded with
visitors when the man went into the enclosure. She
also added that she was ‘deeply affected’ by the
deaths of the two lions, a male and a female
‘The zoo has an established protocol because
people’s lives are very important to us.’
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