A Zookeeper in Jamaica got his finger bitten off by a lion while the terrified visitors watch helplessly
Visitors to the zoo were filming the zookeeper as he approached the beast and began poking his finger through the bars. The man was repeatedly poking and slapping the lion and caressing its teeth as it clearly snarled in dissatisfaction.
After a whole lot of pestering, the big cat finally loses it and sinks its fangs into the man’s fingers. The man was seen screaming out of pain and fear, while constantly trying to free himself from the beast’s grip. He even used his feet against the bar in an attempt to free himself from the lion’s grip.
Finally, he frees his hands from the lion’s jaws but it cost him much more than he could have imagined. He was able to break free and fall to the ground, according to the Jamaica Observer, but a portion of his right ring finger was bitten off and severed.
“When it happened, I thought it was a joke. I didn’t think it was serious. I didn’t realize the seriousness of it, because it’s their job to put on a show,” a witness told Jamaica Observer, which reported that the man’s right ring finger was bitten off.
The zoo is in St. Elizabeth, and the man in the video is a contractor, according to a statement provided by the zoo. The man was seen leaving in a vehicle, probably to a hospital.
The video now sparks concern for the well-being of the lion and other animals in the zoo, or throughout the world. However unfortunate the event might be, the animal was clearly not so happy to be harassed.
“It is an unfortunate event that should never have happened, and we the family of Jamaica Zoo are doing everything to assist the gentleman in moving forward. We do hope you continue to support Jamaica Zoo. We have always been and will continue to be a safe place for you and your family to visit,” the release said.