Drunk teenager jumps into lion enclosure in India

Rosie Vare
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A teenage boy had to be rescued from a lions' enclosure at Kamla Nehru Zoological Park in Ahmedabad after jumping in while drunk.

The 17-year-old is reported to have climbed over the fencing at the zoo in west India before starting to shout at the animals and run towards them.

According to the Daily Mail, the boy in question, Rahul Kumar, later said: "I was drunk and thought I'd stand a good chance."

He is thought to have been near the enclosure when he made a dash for the deadly animals, screaming: "Today I kill a lion or a lion kills me!"

A zoo spokesman said that the teenager would have had to make his way across eight moats before he reached the lion and thankfully he fell into the second one.

This gave the zoo's guards a chance to catch up with the unruly visitor.

When discussing the incident, police said: "He has been cautioned and will be sent for psychiatric evaluation.

"Fortunately for him, the lions were asleep and the zoo guards acted quickly enough to prevent a tragedy similar to that in Delhi."

A Spanish man was attacked by a lion at a zoo in Barcelona last year after surprising the animals as he entered their enclosure, the Telegraph reported.

The former police officer was dressed in camouflage clothing when he made his way into the area and was subsequently dragged into a service tunnel by the lions.

In an equally horrifying turn of events, a man in New Delhi was killed last year when he was attacked by a 200kg, six-foot white tiger after he fell into the moat at a zoo, the Times of India reported.

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