A man was seriously injured after being attacked by a pair of lions when he jumped into their enclosure at the Nandankanan Zooligical Park on Friday.
“The man indentified as Suryanarayan Das (45) from Chhatrapur in Ganjam district all of a sudden climbed on the wall and jumped into the lion enclosure (29-D) housing Cris (male lion) and Priyanka. We rescued Das within five minutes and rushed him to a hospital,” Zoo assistant director K L Purohit said.
He ruled out the possibility of somebody pushing Das into the enclosure.
The incident took place around 1.10 pm when security guards had gone for lunch. As soon as Das fell inside the enclosure, the lioness pounced on him, Purohit said.
The lions returned to their cage when the people started shouting at them.
“The man touched my feet before jumping into the lion enclosure,” an elderly woman tourist from West Bengal said.