A 20 year old man, named by local media as Franco Luis Ferrada Roman, who was suicidal, stripped naked and entered a lion enclosure in a Chilean. The man broke into their cage early Saturday morning and offered himself to the lions horrifying other visitors who were at the zoo and witnessed the whole attack.
When he entered the enclosure, the two lions immediately pounced on him and started to ,play' with him, severely mauling him. The zookeepers who tried to intervene shot the lions to save the man's life.
Santiago authorities confirmed that the two lions who mauled the man were shot and killed as they severely mauled the man because they didn't have any fast acting tranquilizers.
The man was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in critical condition.
The director of the zoo, Alejandra Montalva, said:
'We believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket.
'Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lion's enclosure. 'It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.'
The zoo director said the place was crowded with visitors when the man went into the enclosure. She also added that she was 'deeply affected' by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female
'The zoo has an established protocol because people's lives are very important to us.'