All of us are well aware that wild animals can be dangerous, especially the perfect hunters and predators like big cat. Though despite tigers, lions and jaguars are regarded as some of the world’s deadliest cats, all the cuddly lion videos or frequent visits to the zoo might strip our guards down and make it seem as if all the big felines are nothing than merely family-sized kittens.
One of the people who experienced an unfortunate reminder of how perilous those kitties can be is Pieter Nortje, a 55 -year-old artisan at SA Truck Body in Bloemfontein. He was visiting the Tikwe River Lodge in Virginia, South africans with his wife Ilze where the pair were celebrating their 10 th marriage anniversary.
A man was mauled by a lioness while trying to pet it in South Africa
As the two were given a guided tour of the lions at the game lodge, Pieter decided to get closer to the lions and pet them. As the 55 -year-old stuck his arm through the fence to touch the felines, one of the lions bit into his arm and started dragging.
The horrifying incident was captured on camera by Ilze and indicates Pieter playfully chatting with the animals, absolutely oblivious to the dangers of the cats’ presence. As he pets the male lion, Nortje can be heard saying “If you bite me, then I’m going to bite you back, ” as if he was foreshadowing what was about to happen. Though despite male lion reacting well to the man’s touch, soon things so south within mere seconds as a lioness approaches and instantly grabs hold of Pieter’s outstreched limb, hanging from a hole in the fence.
Image credits: Pieter Nortje
The animal’s teeth reportedly sunk deep into the man’s arm, reaching bone as the lioness held him for a got a couple of seconds. As the wife screamed “It’s biting him, it’s biting him! ” the man eventually managed to get his arm out of the animal’s grasp and he was immediately whisked to the Katleho Hospital in Virginia and later transferred to the Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein. According to news2 4, Nortje is suffering from septic shock and is in serious condition.