Warning - thread LION ATTACK TRAINER IN IRAN (WARNING GRAPHIC) might contain content that is not suitable for all ages. In the video below, you see a lion going after a uniformed man and biting his leg. But you always have to remember that they are wild animals. “The lion jumped at me and bit me - but thank God not on my neck. They won’t run at each other while there’s eye contact. Caught on video: Dramatic moment lions attack their trainer in a Las Vegas hotel . But if you have respect for your animals and you’re aware of their behaviour and mood on any given day, there’s no reason why a trainer should ever get hurt. Some animal trainers do use whips -- but only to distinguish their personal space from the lion's [source: Finn]. “But it will never end with death, because they are my children.". “He immediately let me go. Working around their schedule is the first step to avoiding a run-in with a lion. The attack left their leader battered and covered in blood. SHOW MORE SHOW LESS. This is the terrifying moment two lions turn on their tamer at a circus performance packed with hundreds of children and families. The attack … Hey all, hope everyone had a happy and SAFE new year. One waits until the other’s looking away, and then they jump. This shocking video shows a lion in a circus somewhere attacking and mauling a trainer. It’s part of their predatory instinct and it comes out in playful behaviour. The animal will then straighten up and stay where they are, because they know that, if you can see them, you’re not at a disadvantage, and they can’t get the drop on you. I’ve had instances myself where the animals see something different and, being naturally curious creatures, they’re intrigued by it and want to play with it. He added that he has “scars everywhere” on his body. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. Slow But Cautious:- A lion is slow in the beginning, but it is always cautious about its prey. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 10:57 EST, 9 September 2010 “Of course, I was covered in blood, but I asked everybody to calm down, and started the performance all over again, from the beginning.”. Thanks! The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. When Will They Learn: Another Lion Attack On Trainer At Circus! For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Comments are subject to our community guidelines, which can be viewed, A huge lion attacks a circus performer in Ukraine, Lion trainer Hamada Kouta sustained injures to his arm after the predator mauled him, The entertainer claims the lions were grumpy because they were forced to perform shortly after arriving in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, The lion eventually retreated back to its cage in front of a crowd of screaming kids, Kouta had scratches on his back, arm and leg, The Egyptian performer is well known in eastern Europe, Circus animals are currently banned in Kiev but not in Lugansk where the attack took place, Kouta, who has a troupe of ten lions, refused to blame the animal for the attack, The entertainer said one of the lion's teeth was 'inside the muscle', Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Email us at tips@the-sun.co.uk or call 0207 782 4368 . They’re happy to have you around and treat you as one of their own. In 2004 after 10 years of working together, a 6,000-pound whale attacked his Sea World trainer, repeatedly diving on top of him and driving him underwater before he was rescued. . It looks like a young animal that probably hasn’t been working for long, and while the trainer was taking her compliments from the audience, something clearly caught his attention. Close. :D I was watching the news this morn and read that a lion escaped from his enclosure, and proceeded to attack and kill his trainer. Obviously Ms El-Helw didn’t notice the lion crouching down, because any trainer who sees an animal do that will immediately let the animal know they can see them. My back, arm and leg were hurt. Travelling circuses were recently banned in Ukrainian capital Kiev but rebel-held Lugansk is currently outside the government’s rule. Obviously, she was hurt and reportedly suffered a hairline fracture to her pelvis, just from an animal of that weight jumping on her. Ukrainian lion tamer Vladislav Goncharov rehearses in Budapest, Court blocks release of 'smoking gun' document in Post Office scandal appeal, Neighbour who couldn't grow fruit and veg after hedges blocked light wins battle to have them reduced, Pound hits 12-month high against dollar on Brexit hopes, Racing industry told to end “old-school male” practices and attitudes towards motherhood, during a circus performance in Egypt last week. 7 Lions Attack Their Trainers at a circus - These animals should be in a protected reserve. The main reason they don't see their trainers as "tasty nuggets" is because they are fed a more consistently nutritious diet in Kouta, who works with ten lions, returned all the big cats to their cages immediately after the shocking attack. It could have been a new costume. Report this video! View our online Press Pack. Big cats play at pouncing on each other all the time in the wild - but for humans, it's a fine line between gaining their trust and feeling their claws. The author with Tsavo the lion. Intensive training is begun as a cub with strong, appealing rewards given for 'good' behavior. Having worked with lions and tigers all my life, I’ve come to the conclusion they can have similar levels of affection for a human as might a dog. Adult tigers and lions are dangerous animals to work with regardless of how skilled the trainer is. A newly released video in South Africa shows a lion chasing and mauling a man after he enters an enclosure at a wildlife area. BROKEN? So what do you think happened here? ... “When an animal attacks a trainer, it is 99 per cent the trainer’s mistake. By clicking on CONTINUE you confirm that you are 18 years and over. We pay for videos too. He said: “I calmly called them back, because there were children in the audience. ", He added: "One tooth was inside the muscle, right there and it is serious" before insisting "but it’s okay. The lion exhibit is a tribute to MGM's famed lion symbol. Most of today's lion trainers employ a combination of repetition, trust and encouragement to train their big cats. The video shows the lion roaring, lunging and striking, and another lion joins in, biting down on the trainer's left arm. We pay for your stories! . I’ve never had to use the fire extinguisher, though, and I’ve never seen anyone else have to. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. Uploaded February 08, 2013. They enjoy working and learning new things. Go and do that among yourselves. 1,594,949 views. Big cats play at pouncing on each other all the time in the wild - but for humans, it's a fine line between gaining their trust and feeling their claws. “They were in stress, so it led to attack. The trainer grabbed Montecore's leash, and the tiger managed to knock both men down. Hamada Kouta, 32, a lion trainer who works in eastern Europe, was overpowered by the predator during a show in Ukraine. Meanwhile, everyone else decided that survival beats YouTube fame, so they grabbed their kids — … PIC: Douglas McPherson. Video shot by an audience member shows the lion … This service is provided on News Group Newspapers' Limited's Standard Terms and Conditions in accordance with our Privacy & Cookie Policy. Normally, I would never comment on another trainer’s work. The attack happened at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. When I’m in the cage, my parents, who are very experienced with big cats, stand outside and watch the animals to make sure one of them doesn’t do what happened in Egypt when I’m not looking. I’ve never met Ms El-Helw or seen her work. A lion attacked its trainer at the MGM Grand recently in front of a large group of tourists. When a lion pounced on trainer Faten El-Helw during a circus performance in Egypt last week, it reminded me of the danger I face every day as the only circus big cat trainer currently working in Britain. Kouta said his troupe of lions were unsettled because they were made to perform soon after arriving in a new location. A circus trainer remains in serious condition after a lion attacked him during a live performance in France over the weekend – and the grizzly attack was caught on camera. “They did not have time to adapt, because we arrived and immediately began to perform,” he said. A male lion was brutally attacked by a gang of lionesses because of a dispute over food, claim zoo officals.. Thomas Chipperfield is Britain’s only circus big cat trainer. But if it had meant to do serious damage, it could have. There has to be a limit where you say: “No. News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. The shocking moments when several lions attacked their trainers at a Ukraine circus have been caught on camera and posted on the internet.. "But there is a red line, if you step over – it may go wrong way. According to The Guardian, in 2010, a lion attacked trainer Oleksie Pinko during a performance, and then another lion joined in because attacking living things is kind of what lions do, and then someone in the audience filmed the whole thing because that's kind of what humans do. They can be moody, like people.". THIS is the terrifying moment a circus lion viciously attacked a trainer in front of screaming children. ", A mother watching with her two children said: "My heart stopped when the lion pounced at the trainer.". Horrible incident. Note: to turn off these warnings you need to set the 'safe mode' to OFF (on the top right) In an emergency, we would use a CO2 fire extinguisher, which is the most humane way to get a big cat off a person. Please click the “Report” button below if the video on this page is not working properly. The blast of CO2 forces them to let go, so they can catch their breath, without hurting the animal. The fact she was back on her feet within seconds confirms that. Even after the trainer escaped, the lion pursued him. Kouta, who works with ten lions, returned all the big cats to their cages immediately after the shocking attack. A lion … Having watched the video taken from ringside, however, it was immediately clear to me from the lion’s body language that it never intended to harm Ms El-Helw. At Loro Parque’s Orca Ocean, Alexis Martinez, 29, had been working around the clock training killer whales to create an amazing show in celebration of the upcoming holidays. In this case, from the way the lion grabbed her, I think he was probably trying to play with something on her costume - or just play with his trainer. So while you have to create an environment where the animals feel comfortable around you, you also have to be a figure of authority. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. Of course, they’re not trying to sneak up on you because they’ve got it in for you - it’s just the way lions play with each other. “Anyway, they are my children, so I know anything can happen. Posted by 6 years ago. Speaking about his injuries, he said: “Every scar is an experience. You can’t afford to mistreat a lion or tiger because eventually they’ll get fed up and show you that they’re much bigger, stronger and faster than you are - and that can only end badly. ALSO watch the skilled elephants ****http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD1rCWYh1MM And for those of you in dire need of MGM and lion assaults: a lion jumped on an animal trainer in 2010 at the Las Vegas MGM Casino. The lion wound up being shot and killed, and the trainer is totally messed up as well. I’ve never had anything like that happen to me and neither has my father or grandfather, who trained big cats before me. … The animals aren't trained via scare tactics. What an awful story all around. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. The trainer was reportedly giving a presentation for students when the animal turned on him. Mountain Lion Caught by National Park Service Surveillance Camera. (Some trainers prefer their tigers fed and docile; others find them more responsive if they’re hungry and on edge.) A couple captured it on tape while in Las Vegas for their honeymoon and appeared on the "Early Show" this morning to show their video and discuss the attack. “Scars from two claws and one tooth are on my leg, tooth marks on my arm, one 4 centimetres deep from three claws on my back.”, The lion jumped at me and bit me - but thank God not on my neck, Later he said: “Of course, I became lame, it hurts everywhere, because these are teeth. “When an animal attacks a trainer, it is 99 per cent the trainer’s mistake. That’s not for me.” It’s a fine line to walk, because you have to be firm in a way that doesn’t cause them to resent you or perceive you as a threat. In the wild, groups of lionesses do attack lions, typically in defence of their cubs or territory, and such incidents have been filmed at safari parks. This will increase the odds that the animals you want to avoid will be sleeping. Hamada Kouta, 32, a well known performer in eastern Europe, was overpowered by the angry big cat which sank its teeth into his arm and clawed him. 166. If you know you are going to be in a mountain lion habitat, do your best to tackle those trails during the day. Although the trainer survived the attack, not all trainers are this lucky:A BCNews talks about previous tragedies in greater detail. Click here to upload yours, Four dead & one hurt in huge chemical tank blast at Bristol waterworks, UK sees first snow of winter sweep across north & London set to be hit tomorrow, Driver who refused to back up to let woman park 4x4 is CHOKED by her partner, Man found dead in woods near I'm a Celebrity's Gwrych Castle, Three-part plan to let YOU know when you're in line for the Covid vaccine, ©News Group Newspapers Limited in England No. Because, at the end of the day, the reason accidents like El-Helw’s make news around the world is because they are extremely rare. He was severely injured and is reported to be in intensive care. Why lions attack their trainers. If you’re vigilant and aware, the worst injuries you’ll get are bites and scratches from handling cubs. While the facts of the attack are horrible, the lioness didn't do anything that's inconsistent with her biology, as Mary Bates explains for National Geographic. But in this instance I have a lot of sympathy for her, because, judging purely from the lion’s behaviour in the video, the only mistake she seems to have made is a split-second lapse of concentration. Following the savage mauling in Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, the Egypt-born entertainer manages to fight off the lion which then retreated to its cage. Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? For other inquiries, Contact Us. From what I understand about lions (I could be wrong), they attack when they feel threatened or their "pride" (family) feels threatened. Even a Jack Russell will bite someone one day, and it’s going to hurt a lot more if a lion bites you. Picture: ... Three jeeps ended up in the enclosure honking their horns and driving towards the lions to break them up. It wasn't seven lions attacking the trainer, it looked like only two of them attacked, and the worst part about this is that they were more than likely put down afterwards. I trust my predators more than people. It also made me think: "Oh no, here’s another opportunity for animal rights groups to push their anti-circus propaganda" - because many people will always assume that an animal would only react that way because of mistreatment. I’m afraid it’s just another sad example of why wild animals don’t belong behind bars . 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