A zookeeper is fighting for her life after being mauled by two lions. The 35-year-old woman was set upon by the animals in Shoalhaven Zoo, in New South Wales, Australia, at around 10.20am .
Paramedics had to ‘walk into the lions’ den’ to retrieve the patient, who was found unconscious and suffering from ‘a number of lacerations and bites’.
Inspector Faye Stockman, duty operations manager at New South Wales Ambulance, said the incident was ‘absolutely harrowing’.
She added that collecting the zookeeper was ‘incredibly dangerous’ for both the patient and the paramedics.
“Being the first to walk into the enclosure was one of the most frightening experiences – we literally had to walk into a lion’s den.
“The attack was extremely vicious and paramedics found the woman with severe injuries.”
The woman, who had neck and head injuries, was treated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital.
She is now in a critical but stable condition.
It is believed she was cleaning the enclosure when the two lions attacked her, Mail Online reports.
Her colleagues were able to ‘secure’ the lions and help her before the paramedics arrived.
Shoalhaven Zoo, which has been closed to the public since the pandemic started, sells ‘lion feeding encounters’ for £43 per person.