Terrifying moment lion savagely attacks elderly man in an enclosure and drags him across the floor during wild attack as onlookers scream in distress at the wild life park in South Africa.
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Elderly man is dragged away and attacked by a lion in front of screaming onlookers after wandering into its enclosure at wildlife park
Thought to be the owner of the park, the man was mauled for at least 90 seconds
The clip is thought to have been taken at Marakele Predator Park in South Africa
Elderly man, who is in a critical condition, was only saved after a shot was fired
The big cat is thought to have been put down in the wake of the grisly attack
An elderly man was mauled by a huge male lion at a wildlife park in a shocking incident caught on film.
The clip, believed to have been filmed on Saturday at the Marakele Predator Park in South Africa, shows the man entering the lion's enclosure.
Almost instantly the big cat spots the elderly man, believed to be the owner of the park, and gives chase.
Witnesses watch in horror as the animal pursues the man towards the metal door to the pen at the park nine kilometers from Thabazimbi.
Onlookers scream as he is dragged back by the beast. The hulking animal claws at the elderly man - who goes limp in its grip.
The lion drags the man farther into the enclosure, into some bushes and onlookers scream for help.
Then, suddenly, a shot rings out - thought to be from a warden's gun.
The lion drops its prey and runs for cover. It is unclear if the man is dead.
A woman is heard howling in horror at what she has just witnessed while another man is heard shouting 'get a rifle'.
The elderly man remains in a critical condition.
The big cat has reportedly been put down in the wake of the grisly attack.
Marakele Predator Park was established in 2010 by Mike and Chrissy Hodge after they emigrated from the UK, according to its website.
They moved to South Africa in 1999 and started a lion conservation project in 2003 on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.
A few years later they relocated to the town in the Limpopo province and founded the Marakele Predator Park.
Their current site has over a dozen big cat, including white lions, cheetahs and two Bengal tigers.
Guests can stay in safari tents and each night 'guests will be able to hear the lions roar, hyenas laugh, and jackals calling'.
Tents are furnished with double or single beds, and each tent has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, the website reads.
The video sparked debate on social media, with some criticising the man for entering the enclosure.
One viewer questioned why he had ventured so close to the big cat.
'Why was he inside the enclosure? That's insane!' Claire Allen wrote.
Another commented on how the lion was just acting according to its animal instinct.
Debbie Wagner said: 'So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him.
'Set him free, where he deserves to be.'
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