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Horrified visitors watch as man is mauled to death by lions at a zoo in India

Horrified visitors watch as man is mauled to death by lions after he scales the 20ft wall of their enclosure at a zoo in India

  • Unnamed man scaled 20ft wall of Chhatbir Zoo in India’s northern Punjab state
  • Horrified visitors on two buses saw him being mauled by two lions in enclosure
  • Rescuers were able to reach the man, but he died during treatment at hospital

A man has been mauled to death by lions in front of two bus loads of visitors after scaling the wall of a safari park in India.

The man climbed the 20ft wall of northern Punjab state’s Chhatbir Zoo, home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked.

Horrified visitors watched as a lioness called Shilpa held the victim by the neck and a male called Yuvraj clamped his jaws around the man’s head.

Distressing footage has emerged in which one of the lions appears to be dragging the man around the enclosure.

Hearing his screams, staff rushed to try and rescue the man and sounded car horns to scare the animals away. 

Blurred footage captured from a bus appears to show the horrifying moment a man was mauled by lions in a zoo enclosure in India

Blurred footage captured from a bus appears to show the horrifying moment a man was mauled by lions in a zoo enclosure in India

A man has been mauled to death by lions in front of two bus loads of visitors after scaling the wall of a safari park in India. Pictured: A lion at Chhatbir Zoo, where the tragedy happened

A man has been mauled to death by lions in front of two bus loads of visitors after scaling the wall of a safari park in India. Pictured: A lion at Chhatbir Zoo, where the tragedy happened

An official told the Times of India: ‘The rescue team saw lioness Shilpa holding the man from the neck, while the lion Yuvraj, had got him by the head.

‘As soon as the lions left him, our team pulled the man inside the bus.’

The man was rushed to hospital but died during treatment. 

Roshan Sunkaria from the state forest department, added: ‘He was an intruder in the zoo. We took him to the hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.’

The man climbed the 20ft wall of northern Punjab state's Chhatbir Zoo (pictured), home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked

The man climbed the 20ft wall of northern Punjab state’s Chhatbir Zoo (pictured), home to four lions, on Sunday and entered the restricted area where he was attacked

The animals that attacked the man were Asiatic lions – a critically endangered species and a major tourist draw.

Only around 500 exist in the wild, all in the Gir sanctuary in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

The authorities have not yet been able to contact the victim’s family.

The zoo has stepped up warnings inside the premises and advised visitors to travel with an escort and keep vehicles locked.

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