Watch: Lion bites off man's finger at Jamaica zoo, viral video terrifies netizens

New Delhi: A video that is immensely circulating on the internet is definitely not for the faint-hearted. In the viral video, a lion at a Jamaican zoo can be seen biting off a zookeeper’s finger. The clip was shared by Twitter user @OneciaG and it has over 4m views.

[Disclaimer: Disturbing visual, viewers’ discretion is advised]

The viral video opens up to show a man teasing a lion and trying to touch it through the fence. In a shocking turn of events, the lion ended up biting the man’s finger while the man struggled to break free from its jaws. The man tried to pull his finger out, but he failed as the tendon could be seen falling off the lion’s mouth, as he finally managed to break free.   

Speaking to Jamaica Observer, an eyewitness said that the zookeeper was showing off to visitors when it all went horribly wrong. “When it happened, I thought it was a joke,” the woman said, adding, “I didn’t realise the seriousness of it, because it’s their job to put on a show.”

As criticism grew louder, the zoo issued a statement with its management assuring everyone that the zoo is a safe place for everyone. Calling the incident “tragic”, the statement stated that the clip does not represent the safety procedures and policies that must be adhered to at all times. 

The zoo added, “It is an unfortunate event that should never have happened, and we – the family of Jamaica Zoo – are doing everything to assist the gentleman moving forward.”

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