02202018

Man rescued after jumping into lions’ enclosure at Barcelona Zoo where he was seriously mauled

Officials in Spain say a man has been rescued from the lions’ enclosure at Barcelona Zoo after being seriously mauled by three lions.

Barcelona’s fire department was called Sunday to the northeastern city’s zoo where witnesses had seen a man wearing a military-style uniform jump into the den, according to a statement from the city government.

Emergency services used fire hoses to distance the lions from the man, who had been attacked and dragged into a tunnel within their enclosure.

Around half an hour after he had entered the enclosure, rescue services removed the man, described as a 45-year-old Spanish national, and took him to a hospital where he is in serious, but not life-threatening, condition, the statement says.

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