Lion attacks safari park owner in stomach-churning footage (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Lion attacks safari park owner in stomach-churning footage (GRAPHIC VIDEO)
The founder of a private animal reserve in South Africa is reportedly in serious condition after being mauled by a lion in front of shocked bystanders.

The man, understood to be a British citizen, was attacked inside a lion enclosure at an animal sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa.

Harrowing footage obtained by News24 shows the moment of the lion attack, which occurred in a rural province bordering Botswana and Zimbabwe.

READ MORE: ‘Just a scratch’: Lion attacks 15yo in middle of Russian city

In the 90-second clip, a man can be seen being dragged away from the gate of a fenced-off enclosure by a male lion. The big cat’s victim calls out for help in front of screaming bystanders before a number of gunshots can be heard to ring out.

Local police lieutenant colonel Moatshe Ngoepe told local media that the victim is currently in hospital with serious injuries. has reached out to the animal sanctuary and the UK Foreign Office for further details.

READ MORE: ‘Nothing to do with the lion’: ‘Stupid’ rugby pro sidelined after lion bite (VIDEO)

The injured man is believed to have set up the ‘predator park’ in 2003 after emigrating to Thabazimbi from the UK in the late 1990s.

Tours of the park include a ‘lion mobile,’ with the sanctuary’s website promising to give customers a chance to look the fearsome animals straight in the eyes.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Follow news the mainstream media ignores: Like RT’s Facebook