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Lions attack terrified alpha male in front of West Midlands Safari Park visitors in attempt to kill leader of pride ( 8 Pics)

Heart-stopping footage captures a gang of lionesses attack the male of the pride in a bid to kill him in front of horrified visitors at a British safari park.
The powerful beasts pounce on the male and sink their teeth into his body in the terrifying clip.
Mya Beverstock, 19, filmed the attack at West Midlands Safari Park near Bewdley, Worcs., on Wednesday.
The teenager said the lion was left roaring in agony and had bloody bite marks after up to nine females carried out the brutal assault "out of the blue".
Zookeepers used fire extinguishers to spray the animals .
Mya, from Kenliworth, Warks., said: "I decided to go to the safari park with my mum and dad to take some pictures of the lions.
"We had been sat there for a few minutes when we noticed these two male lions sitting on top a rock growling at something down below.
"We drove around a little bit and I noticed these female lionesses surrounding a male. All of a sudden they just pounced.
"They were biting at his back legs and his neck and pinning him to the ground, it looked really vicious and you can see in his eyes he thought he was going to die."

The Domino's Pizza employee added: "Within a flash, safari jeeps were there surrounding the lionesses. There were three vehicles, one was honking its horn while another sprayed an extinguisher.
"There could be any number of reasons why they were attacking him. It could be that they thought he was too old to be their leader or it could have been over food.
"He could have tried it on with one of the females, who knows, but they looked angry and pounced as if they are going in for the kill.
"It was incredible to watch the king of the jungle looking so vulnerable. In the photos you can see him almost pleading for help.
"He had bite marks and cuts on his back legs, he was pretty messed up. Its something you'd be lucky to see in Kenya, yet alone a British safari park.
"You could see car windows going up and almost hear doors locking as it happened, it was just really intense to watch and listen to the roars.

"We went back around later in the day and the females were nowhere to be seen. So they must have ushered them all indoors to protect the three males.
"It was quite an experience which really took your breath away. I never expected to see anything like that. You could see the terror in his eyes."
A West Midlands Safari Park spokesman said: "The male lions have been in the process of being mixed with the females for a few months now.

"This has been going well and there was no reason to believe that there would be any issues yesterday as a result of mixing. As with all wild animals, normally harmonious groups can on occasion become particularly active.
"This is constantly monitored closely by trained staff who are always in the enclosure when guests are too and will intervene if necessary.
"There was an experienced member of staff within the enclosure and at no time were guests in any danger."


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