Animal Attack Files Special ReportSpecial Report forwarded by AAF Correspondent: Jeff DykesAnimal Attack Files Special Report
from BBC World Service

     Man thrown into lion's den

Thursday, October 14, 1999 Published at 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK

Police in South Africa say a man was mauled by a lion in Pretoria Zoo after three men threw him over a fence and into the animal's den.

Workers threw stones to distract the lion's attention and zoo staff sedated it, enabling rescuers to save the injured man.

He suffered wounds to his arms, legs and chest and was said to be in a stable condition in hospital -- though police say he was still too disorientated to make a statement.

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