Man seriously injured after reaching through cage to pet lion


Days ago, a video showing a man being mauled by a lion went viral. The 55-year-old man, Pieter Nortje on his name,  was visiting the Tikwe River Lodge in Virgina, Free State Province, in South Africa, with his wife.

During their tour, the couple found themselves in front of a lion enclosure from where they were able to admire two big adult lions. Despite their guide warnings, the man went far too close to the lions. And like this was not already enough, Nortje reached through the fence to pet the huge animals, totally ignoring the multiple warnings. The man even said : “If you bite me, then I’m going to bite you back.”

While the first lion react peacefully, the second one aggressively yank at the man’s arm and bite him. And the whole scene was captured by Nortje’s wife on her cellphone. She can be heard screaming, “It’s biting him, it’s biting him!”

Rushed to the hospital, after the incident, the tourist is really lucky to be alive. According to VT, “he was suffering from septic shock, a potentially fatal condition caused by severe infection which requires immediate medical intervention, with a 25% to 50% survival rate.

The tour organizers have denied any responsibility, saying: “There are warning signs everywhere. Mr. Nortje stuck his hand through the electric fence to touch the lions and was bitten.”

“Lions are pack animals and hunt as a team so others in the enclosure could easily have joined in and if they had done killed him whether there was a fence between them or not. Some people never learn that where wild animals are concerned keep a distance between them and you.”