On September 1, a 400-pound lion on display in the big cat habitat at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas went after a trainer and bit his leg. The hotel refuses to release the lion’s or the trainer’s name, but says the trainer wasn’t a hotel employee.
A tourist caught the incident in video (except, unfortunately, what set the lion off) and it’s now making the rounds like it was some big deal.
From my feline perspective, I’d say the guy was lucky the lion was just playing.
And wasn’t it cute the way the female lion joined in the francas, not to add muscle for the kill, but as if she was trying to pull the other lion off the man? You can almost hear what she was thinking…
“Chill, bro! Back off! He’s not worth it. Don’t you know these crazy people SHOOT us for doing stuff like this?”
When another trainer finally separated the lion from his “prey,” both lions padded off pretty calmly. The attacking lion looked like he still wanted to play.
If the lion had meant business, that trainer would be a pile of bloody shredded meat, not talking about going back to work.
I was really tickled watching the Good Morning America video when Jack Hanna of the Columbus Zoo agreed with me. That’s one man who knows his big cats.
I’m happy to report that the lions faced no disciplinary action.