WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A lioness attacks a four-year-old girl in a circus show at Uspenskoye village in Krasnodar, Russia.
- The big cat breaks through the net and bites the girl’s face that goes from ear to chin.
- Doctors say the girl will be “scarred for life” because of the horrific incident.
A 4-year-old girl named Ksenia was dragged and bitten by a lioness in a circus show in Russia. She survived the attack but doctors say she will be “scarred for life” after suffering serious face and chest injuries.
The girl is waving a small flag when the big cat escaped from its trainer despite being on a leash and broke the flimsy safety net around the circus ring and sprang on the child.
Valentina Pavlova, a member of a medical team that treated the child at the Central Republican Hospital in Krasnodar said: “There is a bite on her face that goes from ear to chin.”
“An eyewitness said her mother had allowed the girl to get close to the safety net and to wave a banner. The lioness reacted to this and with its paw pulled the child inside into the arena and sank its teeth into her head. The circus team pulled the lioness away and brought the girl to the Central Republican Hospital. She is now in stable condition, there is no danger to her life,” she added.
The victim is currently being treated in the intensive care unit of the hospital.
Edgard Zapashny, director of Big Moscow state circus says “I firmly believe that the blame lies completely with the owner and director of that traveling circus, the lioness’s trainer, and on the adult who came with the child and let go of her while being in the front row.”
Wild animals are still being used for performances in Russian circuses despite the incident.
The episode is likely to lead a call for a protest to ban the use of performing wild animals like lions and bears in a show.
Source: Fox News