By : Hannah Watte
The horrendous moment a lion attacks his trainer while cruelly performing in a circus has been caught on camera and it’s really awful.
The terrifying situation was filmed by a tourist as they watched the torturous circus in Lviv, Ukraine, causing mass outrage among viewers.
In the frightening footage, the a pack of lions are being made to perform tricks in a tiny, wire-mesh cage, when one of the lion jumps up and pounces on one of the trainers.
Another lion turns on trainer Oleksiy Pinko and for a few moments, he completely disappears beneath the powerful creatures.
Frantically, Pinko tries to push the lions back with a metal rod, but one of the beasts rears up and bites him in the leg, while another locks his strong jaws around his arm.
The audience, which contained hundreds of people, including children, start to scream in horror while other trainers use water hoses and metal bars to pry the lions of Pinko who was feeling the full wrath of the big cats.
After a fearsome battle, Pinko manages to make his escape away from the angry pair and emerges limping and dripping with blood.
A witness said:
I was just grabbing my daughter and trying to run because I thought they were going to get out.
Pinko, who is apparently famous for conducting death-defying, but undeniable cruel tricks involving lions in the circus, was later rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.
Despite his injuries, Pinko made a full recovery and has been seen performing in the circus among the big cats since.
The watchers, however, seem to be and understandably more on the side of the meanly kept lions.
The use of wild animals in the circus needs to be banned.
Here’s the full shocking version:
I’m sorry but I’m totally on the side of the lions here. It’s shocking making them try to perform.
Really scary footage.
It’s great the trainer made a full recovery, but circus’ like this should not be encouraged, especially if it involves the abusing of large wild animals.
If you force animals into captivity and force them to do things against their will, then at some point they’re going to snap…