Man Attempts to Pet Zoo Lion — It Doesn’t Go Well

Man Attempts to Pet Zoo Lion -- It Doesn't Go Well

Video Of Man Approaching Lion Goes Viral

( – Most people realize they shouldn’t attempt to pet wild animals. Of course, some people don’t likely see zoo animals as “wild.” While the creatures may be in captivity, that absolutely does not mean they’re safe to be around — especially for untrained individuals. One man recently learned that lesson the hard way.

In a video that has since gone viral across several platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, a man working for the Jamaica Zoo stuck his fingers through the large male lion’s fence. He successfully touched the massive lion’s mane once and then attempted to make contact a second time.

That was a big mistake. The lion bit down on the man’s finger and refused to let go.

See the troubling incident for yourself in the tweet below. Fair warning: It does contain graphic content that may not be appropriate for sensitive viewers.

A lion can easily have a bite force ranging between 650 and 1,000 pounds per square inch depending on several factors like age, size, and subspecies. The pressure is more than enough pressure to cause extreme damage or even sever a digit entirely.

The zoo took to social media on May 22 to issue a statement, asserting that it was reviewing the footage and looking for ways to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

The man who suffered the injury should feel lucky the chain link fence was between him and the lion. While this may go without saying, one should never, ever attempt to pet a wild animal, even if it lives in captivity, and certainly never try to pet a lion without proper training. Even people with years of experience understand the daily dangers they face.

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