Zookeeper Gets Lion Bite After Teasing It Through Cage

Zookeeper Gets Lion Bite After Teasing It Through Cage

Zookeeper Gets Lion Bite After Teasing It Through Cage

Zookeeper Gets Lion Bite After Teasing It Through Cage

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A  Zookeeper in  Jamaica had his finger ripped off by a lion after he poked his hand through the bars of the lion’s cage. The surreal moment was captured on video, in which the man can be seen desperately trying to pull his hand away while the lion continues to hold on.

The video shows a Jamaica Zoo attendant sticking his finger into a chain-linked cage in front of about 15 visitors. He approaches the lion as if he were playing with a cat. The zookeeper ignores the lion’s snarling and continues to tease and play with it. However, seconds later, the dangerous animal strikes and clamps its jaws around the man’s finger.

The man ended up losing his entire ring finger. An eyewitness told the Jamaica Observer that the zookeeper was showing off to onlookers when things went horribly wrong. “I thought it was a joke when it happened,” the woman explained, adding, “I didn’t realize the seriousness of it because it’s their job to put on a show.”

However, she went on to say that when the man collapsed, everyone realized it was serious. The woman went on to say that the zookeeper’s entire skin and about the first joint of his finger were gone.

The incident has now raised concerns about the lion’s well-being and treatment by the staff. According to the Jamaica Observer, Pamela Lawson, the managing director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has stated that the incident will be investigated.

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Separately, Jamaica Zoo stated in a statement that a zoo is a safe place for both people and animals. It was explained that the actions depicted in the video were performed by a “contractor” of Jamaica Zoo. The incident was described as “tragic,” and the statement stated that the video does not represent the safety procedures and policies that must be followed at all times.

“It is an unfortunate event that should never have happened,” the zoo added, “and we – the family of Jamaica Zoo – are doing everything we can to assist the gentleman moving forward.”

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