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Wildlife park owner dragged away by lion

Wildlife park owner dragged away by lion

Thabazimbi is home to the Marakele Animal Sanctuary, which allows visitors to ride around its lion enclosure in a specially protected vehicle, according to reviews on Google.

Following the release of distressing footage of British game park owner Mike Hodge, 67, being mauled by a lion on Monday in Thabazimbi, it has emerged that he survived.

The graphic and potentially upsetting footage, which can be viewed below, shows the lion apparently being led away from the enclosure's entrance by a park worker on the other side of a wire fence, when the elderly man opens a door and enters.

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

"It had put the lion on edge but when Mike went in the lion turned and came for him and he ran but couldn't get through the gate quick enough and it had him", said Mike. In yet another incident, an elderly man was attacked by a lion at Marakele Predator Park in South Africa. The hulking animal claws at the man - who goes limp in its grip. The lion then drags him into nearby bushes where he then lies motionless.

Then, suddenly, a shot rings out - thought to be from a warden's gun. The lion drops its prey and runs for cover.

A woman howls in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting "get a rifle just in case".

The U.K. Sun reported Hodge was rushed to a hospital about five kilometres away from the wildlife park with neck and jaw injuries. The lion attacked his victim with full might and had nearly dragged him into the jungle before a gunshot was sacked.

Marakele Predator Park was established in 2010 by Mike and Chrissy Hodge after they emigrated from the United Kingdom, according to its website.

Marakele Predator Centre is situated 9 Km's out of the town of THABAZIMBI in the LIMPOPO region of the bushveld, surrounded by the lovely Waterberg Mountains.

Their current site has over a dozen big cat, including white lions, cheetahs and two Bengal tigers.