The lion reportedly tore off a finger from a zoo employee who pushed his hand through the bars of his cage.
A video from a zoo in Jamaica shows a man trying to touch a lion, as if playing with a cat.
For a while he gets out of hand, but then the lion hits and clamps the man’s finger.
You can see how the man is desperately trying to tear off his hand, and the lion continues to hold on.
But he failed to rid his finger of the lion’s teeth, and reportedly completely lost the ring finger of his right hand.
Witnesses told Jamaican columnist that they saw it during a tour yesterday afternoon.
“When it happened, I thought it was a joke,” said one woman. “I didn’t understand the seriousness of it, because it’s their job to put on a show.
“Obviously, when he fell to the ground, everyone realized it was serious. Everyone started to panic.
“All the skin and near the first joint of his finger disappeared.
“I ran away from it all because I like to see blood, and it was too clear for me.”
She said the man approached the vehicle and then left, as if not recording the pain, causing the observers to be stunned.
The newspaper contacted a Jamaican zoo near Lacovia, and a spokesman said they were unaware of the incident.
Pamela Lawson, managing director of the Jamaican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said her organization is investigating what happened.
“We will go down there and I will talk to the National Environment and Planning Agency, which oversees the Jamaican Zoo,” she said.
She told Nasha Today that this is not the first accusation against animals she has heard against the Jamaican Zoo.
“Is that what he’s showing visitors to the zoo, acceptable?” She asked. “What do you do now when a child imitates this fool and gets seriously injured or dies?”
Meanwhile, Hope Zoo Kingston, which is another zoo in Jamaica, posted on Twitter: “A horrible viral video of a lion being mocked by its keeper has NOT happened in #HopeZoo.
“We definitely don’t tolerate bullying animals to entertain guests.
“All our animals in the zoo are like a family to us, and we always strive to make them as relaxed and happy as possible. We will NEVER strain our animals for the amusement of people.
“Please do not associate us with the disgusting and brutal actions of the current viral video.”
Metro.co.uk contacted the Jamaican Zoo for comment.
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