British Safari park owner mauled by lion (after walking in enclosure).

In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground

In split seconds the animal has taken hold of the elderly man dragging him like a rag dog across the ground

After coming from the United Kingdom to South Africa in 1999, Mike and Chrissy Hodge started off with their Lion project in 2003 out on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi. A large male lion is then seen running up to the British man and dragging him away from a metal door.

The clip, believed to have been filmed on Saturday at the Marakele Predator Park in South Africa, shows the man entering the lion's enclosure.

Mr Hodge had entered the lion's enclosure over concerns about a smell in the compound that was upsetting the creature, according to a report in The Sun Online. The lion then drags him into nearby bushes where he then lies motionless.

The animal park's website states Mike and Chrissy Hodge moved to South Africa from the United Kingdom in 1999 and opened their lion project in 2003.

Nearly instantly the big cat spots the elderly man, believed to be the owner of the park, and gives chase.

Debbie Wagner said: "So sad that the lion is only doing what comes naturally to him".

At the time, Hodge who owned the wildlife park along with a park ranger had become concerned about fissure emanating from the enclosure.

They moved to South Africa in 1999 and started a lion conservation project in 2003 on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.

"Oh my god, oh my god", someone screams as another witness begs for help.

Mike is recuperating in the hospital having sustained injuries to his neck and jaw, according to South African police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.

'He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong'.

Another man is heard shouting in an American accent, "Somebody get a rifle, just in case", while a terrified and sobbing woman, apparently also an American, screams: "Help my dad!"

Adding of the moment the lion pounced on Hodge, 'It had put the lion on edge but when Mike went in the lion turned and came for him and he ran but couldn't get through the gate quick enough and it had him'.

Visitors to the park are able to watch animals being fed up close, with at least a dozen big cats living on the property.

The animal has reportedly been killed following the attack.

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