When lionesses attack: Horrific footage as ‘domestic’ big cat leaps on man in European guest house and leaves his shirt in ribbons
Owners being interviewed by documentary crew when lioness attacked
Man screams as big cat sinks claws into him
Owners pulled lion off victim; his shirt torn to ribbons and cuts to chest
By Paul Donnelley
Published: 12:07 BST, 4 July 2014 | Updated: 10:47 BST, 5 July 2014
Cats usually make good pets but as this shocking footage shows, it’s best to make sure that they are domestic rather than big cats.
This lioness is thought to have been raised from a cub by its owners, likely in France, and has free rein in the guest house home.
A documentary crew is interviewing the big cat’s owner when it suddenly runs into the living room and launches itself at an unsuspecting guest there.
The lioness grabs the unsuspecting man in her powerful paws forcing him to the ground
The lioness’s mistress struggles to free the man from the attack as he screams in fear and pain
The lioness shows no sign of letting go as its owner desperately tries to pull the man free
The big cat’s owners both try to yank their pet off the man he attacked
As the man screams, the owners rush to pull it off.
The man manages to scramble to his feet, his shirt torn by the cat’s claws.
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He appears to be shocked rather than badly hurt.
Photographs shown reveal that the man suffered minor cuts from the animal’s attack.
Free at last: The man’s ordeal is over and the big cat’s owner examines him for injuries
Lucky: The victim shows off the cuts he received from the lioness’s attack
Before the attack: The big cat’s owner rubs his head and hugs him
Home: The lioness is giving free rein to roam the house in Europe
Feeding time: The usually tame lioness is hand fed by its owner
The lioness has a not especially large garden to frolic in and has a cage to the left behind the main house
LIONS AND LIONESSES – FACTS AND FIGURES
The lion is the second largest living feline in length and weight after the tiger. Lions are the only members of the cat family in which males and females look distinctly different.
Male lions range in length from 5ft 7in to 8ft 2in. with a tail length of up to 3ft 5in and can weigh more than 400lbs. Lionesses usually range in length from 4ft 7in to 5ft 9in and their tails can be up to 3ft 3in in length. Lionesses can weigh more than 260lbs.
Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day.
In the wild, lionesses do most of the hunting for their pride. They are more effective hunters as they are smaller, swifter and more agile than the males, and unencumbered by the heavy and conspicuous mane, which causes overheating during exertion.