Monday, August 26, 2019

Boy, 2, mauled by leopard in Thailand after grandfather accidentally opens pen

A two-year-old was mauled by a leopard at a safari park in Thailand after his grandfather opened the door to its pen after mistakenly believing the animal was docile.

After escaping its pen at the safari park on the island of Koh Samui, the tiger, named Tony, jumped on Orr's mother, passed under her feet then leapt at the child.

It pinned the youngster to the ground and sank its teeth his face, before letting go when locals kicked it in the head.

Orr suffered wounds to his face and a fractured cheekbone in the attack and was later pictured with blood pouring from his face.

Shocking footage recorded inside the enclosure shows the door being opened before the animal runs to the door and escapes.

Seconds later it is seen being chased back into the enclosure by a member of staff.

The toddler and his relatives, all from Rishon LeTsiyon, Israel, were visiting the park last Thursday morning.

They had finished an elephant ride then walked over to the leopard's pen to take pictures.

Rafi Burns, Orr's father, said: "The leopard is supposed to be drowsy, fuzzy and not aggressive. There should be a person next to the animal's cage. There was no ambulance there and they didn't know how to evacuate him.

"We felt like we were helpless. I rushed to the cars and asked for him to be taken to the hospital. Everyone was scared and didn't want to take. We didn't believe such a disaster would happen.''

Rafe Benvenisti, Mrs Burns's uncle, said the guide sent them to the door in front of the leopard so they could take pictures with him.