Lion savages zoo worker’s hand after he tried to PET IT through bars of its enclosure to impress visitors


THIS is the terrifying moment a lion savages a zoo worker’s hand after he tried to pet it through the bars.

The guide, named locally as Abdoulaye Wade, was attacked after he foolishly stuck his arm through the beast’s cage to impress visitors.

The lion clamps its mighty jaws down on the worker's arm

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The lion clamps its mighty jaws down on the worker’s armCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
The guide desperately tries to fight off the lion

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The guide desperately tries to fight off the lionCredit: BuzzSénégal TV

Horrific footage shows the huge lion clamp its jaws around the man’s outstretched hand as he flails helplessly.

He desperately attempts to bash the lion over the head as witnesses yell and throw stones at the zoo in Dakar, Senegal.

The beast’s head twists violently as he bites the terrified worker’s arm which is almost ripped from its socket.

The lion eventually relents after an almighty thump from the worker who can be heard bizarrely laughing – presumably in shock – as he woozily stumbles away from the cage towards the safety barrier, arm dripping with blood.

Footage from before the attack appears to show him antagonizing the lion, swiping his fingers through the bars as the giant cat leaps up to swat at them.

Footage of the aftermath – reportedly filmed back in February – shows bloodied rocks around the enclosure, and appears to show the irresponsible worker getting a telling-off.

Comments beneath a Youtube video of the inicdent, shared by Buzz Senegal, are less than sympathetic.

One user wrote: “You don’t play with a sleeping lion”.

Another added: “Thank you lion,” while one cheeky user wrote: “He wanted a show… he got it”.

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The incident has chilling echoes of viral lockdown sensation Tiger King, which aired footage of one employee, Saff, getting his arm bitten OFF by a lion.

The employee poked his arm through the cage one feeding time, and the big cat immediately latched on.

As Saff yanked his arm back through the bars, the skin caught on the bars resulting in a horrific accident.

The ex-armed forces member was offered the choice between a full amputation or years of grueling reconstructive surgery, and opted for the chop.

Footage shot before the attack appears to show the worker teasing the big cat

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Footage shot before the attack appears to show the worker teasing the big catCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
The lion gumps up and engulfs the man's hand in seconds

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The lion gumps up and engulfs the man’s hand in secondsCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
He desperately struggles with the beast

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He desperately struggles with the beastCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
Video appears to show the guide winding the lion up

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Video appears to show the guide winding the lion upCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
Panicked onlookers yell and throw stones at the creature

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Panicked onlookers yell and throw stones at the creatureCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
The lion was fairly unapologetic

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The lion was fairly unapologeticCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
The gory aftermath of the attack

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The gory aftermath of the attackCredit: BuzzSénégal TV
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