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Dramatic Video: Lions Attack Their Trainer At Las Vegas Hotel

Titus Ellis of Montana was videotaping the male and female lions and their two trainers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on September 1 when all of a sudden the male lion took
PTI September 09, 2010 13:23 IST
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Titus Ellis of Montana was videotaping the male and female lions and their two trainers at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on September 1 when all of a sudden the male lion took exception at something that was going on and made a lunge.

A struggle ensued and a lioness also decided to join the fray but the trainer managed to break free  with the help of his colleague and made a hasty escape from the enclosure with the male still appearing extremely agitated, reports The Daily Mail, London.

Titus and Drew Ellis, the newlyweds, from Montana, were celebrating in Las Vegas  and for a bit of added excitement Titus decided to check out the lion enclosure at the hotel.



The lion moves in on one of the trainers as his colleague tries to distract the animal




Taking the pain: The trainer is obviously in trouble as the lion continues the attack despite the efforts of his associate

 


Double trouble: The female now joins the action as the male continues to lunge towards trainer as he makes his escape, leaving his colleague to sort things out



Panic over: The badly shaken trainer makes his exit from the enclosure while the lions are brought under control by the second handler

The video is now creating a worldwide buzz after featuring on the Wednesday morning edition of Good Morning America.

There is no evidence of any blood being spilled, but the trainer is evidently in great pain during the attack. Soundproof glass muffled any noise, however.

Jack Hanna appeared on Good Morning America and he said the attack would be considered mild. The trainer was lucky it was the male getting over-excited as females launch much more devastating attacks.