Lion brutally attacks wildlife park owner when he enters the enclosure

Caught between the lion's jaws the man goes limp as he is dragged towards the bushes

(Twitter) Mike Hodge is seen running from the lion as it approaches him from behind.

The video shot at the wildlife park showed the British man entering the lion's enclosure equivalent to the big cat's den.

A friend of Mr Hodge told The Sun the sanctuary owner entered the lion compound to investigate a odd smell.

The 67-year-old man named Mike Hodge was rushed to the hospital with injuries on the neck and jaw, according to a Daily Mail report.

A friend of the man - identified only as Mike - said Hodge and the park owner were investigating an odd odour in the lion's enclosure when the animal pounced, according to the Sun.

The injured man is believed to have set up the "predator park" in 2003 after emigrating to Thabazimbi from the United Kingdom in the late 1990s.

It has become a routine of a sort to step inside animals' enclosure, a mistake that could have proven fatal for Briton owner of Marakele Predator Park in South Africa.

The lion drags the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes and onlookers scream for help. Unfortunately, as he wasn't fast enough, the lion caught hold of him and dragged him away. The park owner then gets dragged towards the bushes while onlookers scream and look on in despair.

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

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

"Get a rifle, somebody get a rifle just in case". When the lion was finished with him, Hodge lay motionless on the ground.

Whatever be the noble thought of the man, he found himself under attack from the predator who had nearly gone for the kill.

The big cat's victim calls out for help in front of screaming bystanders before a number of gunshots can be heard to ring out.

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