A 20-year-old man on a suicide mission has suddenly stripped naked and jumped into a lion’s cage at Santiago Zoo in a bid to feed himself to the hungry animal kings.
Franco Luis Ferrada broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and forced himself to be eaten by the lions.
As soon as he got inside, the lions began to ‘play’ with him before he was savagely mauled in front of horrified visitors including children.
The zoo the director, Alejandra Montalva said: “we believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket. Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lion’s enclosure. It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.”
It is also reported that the young man made religious proclamations while he was being attacked by the animals.
Cynthia Vasquez, a witness to the incident, said: “He entered the enclosure from above and the lions started to play with him, and then after they attacked him and was shouting things about Jesus.”
Another witness added: “There were a lot of children there, and parents covered their eyes while it was going on. He was screaming religious things.”
At this point, zookeepers intervened and shot the two African lions to death in order to save the man’s life.