A zookeeper fights for her life after being torn by two lions.
The 35-year-old woman was addressed today at around 10:20 a.m. (local time) by the animals at Shoalhaven Zoo, in New South Wales, Australia.
Paramedics had to “walk into the lions’ den” to pick up the patient, who was found unconscious and suffered “some cuts and bites.”
Inspector Faye Stockman, on-duty operations manager at New South Wales Ambulance, said the incident was “absolutely distressing.”
She added that collecting the zookeeper was “incredibly dangerous” for both the patient and the paramedics.
“Walking into the enclosure first was one of the most frightening experiences – we literally had to walk into a lions’ den.
“The attack was extremely brutal, and paramedics found the woman with serious injuries.”
The woman, who had neck and head injuries, was treated on the spot before being taken to hospital.
She is now in a critical but stable condition.
It is believed that she was cleaning the enclosure when the two lions attacked her, Mail online reports.
Her colleagues were able to “secure” the lions and help her before the ambulance arrived.
Shoalhaven Zoo, which has been closed to the public since the pandemic began, sells ‘lion feed encounters’ for £ 43 per person.
The website says, “Come face to face with our Roarsome Foursome and feed the ‘King of the Savannah’.
“Experience how a lifetime gets close to our Big Cats. Feel their strength and majesty as you feed them with the help of one of our caretakers. “
Mirror Online has contacted Shoalhaven Zoo for comment.