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Idiot climbs into lion enclosure in suicide attempt, lions end up paying the price

Two lions of the Santiago National Zoo in Chile were shot dead after mauling a naked man who jumped into their enclosure in what appears to be a suicide attempt.

Two lions of the Santiago National Zoo in Chile were shot dead after mauling a naked man who jumped into their enclosure in what appears to be a suicide attempt.

Twenty-year-old Franco Luis Ferrada, named by local media, reportedly jumped onto the rooftop of the lion enclosure and forced himself in their den. He then stripped himself of his clothes and taunted the lions, who ended up doing what lions do and mauled him. In a sea of onlookers, a zookeeper tried to fire a tranquilizer dart at the lions but instead they accidentally hit Ferrada in the neck.

Seeing no other way to help the deranged man, the zookeepers opened fire on the two attacking lions and killed them on the spot. Ferrada was then rescued from the lion den and taken to a nearby hospital for wounds sustained to his pelvis and head.

According to Chilean publication La Nación, a suicide note was found in Ferrada’s clothes. In a Facebook statement posted by the zoo, officials said, “We were forced to implement all our security protocols. [The death of the lions] is deeply painful for each of us and especially for every one of the officials of the zoo, who care for them day by day.”

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“Despite the pain which led to this action, it was necessary to preserve the life of the individual, [who] was removed from the premises and taken to a clinic to receive the appropriate care, where he remains at the moment.”

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“We want to clarify that the halls of our zoo are absolutely safe for our regular visitors and that, in cases like this, in which a person violates the security protocols of the enclosure, are absolutely out of the ordinary.”

Chilean police described Ferrada as a “frustrated man” and an investigation has been launched.

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  1. Gillian

    May 28, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Sigh, it reminds me of the 9 year old child who stuck its hand into a meerkat exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo and whose parents made such a fuss because they didn’t want their “special little snowflake” to have to get the anti-Rabies series of shots.

    Those lions were innocently minding their own business when the guy jumped into their cage and taunted them?. IF that guy wanted to kill itself so badly, are there not other, less messy ways to do so? Why am I thinking that this guy has the same issues that another lion-taunter did? The ” God will protect me like Danial in the lion’s den to show how much faith I has…..”

  2. ZeroZeroZero

    May 28, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    They should have let the lions eat him, but for the fact that it is never good to have a predator think that human is on the menu.

    Asshole did not deserve to get out of there alive, and I feel for the keepers who shot their charges.

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