This is the terrifying second a circus lion viciously attacked a coach in entrance of screaming youngsters.
Hamada Kouta, 32, a well known performer in jap Europe, was overpowered by the indignant massive cat which sank its tooth into his arm and clawed him.
Following the savage mauling in Lugansk, jap Ukraine, the Egypt-born entertainer manages to battle off the lion which then retreated to its cage.
Describing the assault which was captured on video, Kouta stated: “I known as up one lion and the second attacked me from the entrance.
“The lion jumped at me and bit me – however thank God, not on my neck.
“He instantly let me go. My again, arm and leg had been damage.
“Scars from two claws and one tooth are on my leg, tooth marks on my arm, one four centimeters (1.5 inches) deep from three claws on my again.”
Later he stated: “After all, I turned lame, it hurts in every single place as a result of these are tooth.”
He added: “One tooth was contained in the muscle, proper there and it’s critical” earlier than insisting “nevertheless it’s okay.”
A mom watching together with her two youngsters stated: “My coronary heart stopped when the lion pounced on the coach.”
Kouta, who works with ten lions, returned all the large cats to their cages instantly after the surprising assault.
He stated: “I calmly known as them again as a result of there have been youngsters within the viewers.
“After all, I used to be coated in blood, however I requested all people to relax, and began the efficiency once more, from the start.”
Kouta stated his troupe of lions had been unsettled as a result of they had been made to carry out quickly after arriving in a brand new location.
“They didn’t have time to adapt, as a result of we arrived and instantly started to carry out,” he stated.
“They had been in stress, so it led to assault. They are often moody, like individuals.”
He added that he has “scars in every single place” on his physique.
Talking about his accidents, he stated: “Each scar is an expertise. I belief my predators greater than individuals.
“However there’s a crimson line in the event you step over – it could go fallacious method.
“When an animal assaults a coach, it’s 99 p.c the coach’s mistake.
“Anyway, they’re my youngsters, so I do know something can occur.
“However it should by no means finish with dying as a result of they’re my youngsters.”
Touring circuses had been not too long ago banned within the Ukrainian capital Kiev however rebel-held Lugansk is at present outdoors the federal government’s rule.
This text initially appeared in The Solar.