Published: Wed, May 02, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Lion Mauls Owner of South African Wildlife Park

Lion Mauls Owner of South African Wildlife Park

Hodge, who founded the sanctuary with his wife Chrissy and stepdaughter Emma in 2010, was reportedly investigating a unusual smell that had been upsetting the lion.

A graphic video posted on the News24 website on Tuesday shows Hodge running for a gate when the lion runs toward him.

The owner of a South African wildlife park was viciously attacked by one of his lions in a horrifying episode caught on tape.

Pictures shows Mr Hodge smiling in his hospital bed despite his injuries, with a friend telling The Sun that he is recovering from the dramatic ordeal. The park owner then gets dragged towards the bushes while onlookers scream and look on in despair.

Following the release of distressing footage of British game park owner Mike Hodge, 67, being mauled by a lion on Monday in Thabazimbi, it has emerged that he survived.

Marakele remains closed in the wake of the attack while Chrissy was believed to be too upset to comment.

They moved to South Africa in 1999 and started a lion conservation project in 2003 on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.

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"Help! Help! Help!" a bystander is heard screaming in the video as the man's body is pulled through the grass.

"He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong".

Adding of the moment the lion pounced on Hodge, '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'.

Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe told News 24 that Hodge had been taken to the hospital, where he is recuperating from "serious injuries" to his neck and jaw.

The big cat is thought to have since been put down.

The animal has reportedly been killed following the attack.

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