A British man who owned a Safari Park in South Africa is unhappy his lion was killed while he was being rescued from its attack. Michael Hodge, 72, survived the attack but not without injuries to his neck and jaw. He had nursed the lion, Shamba, from infancy. Hodge was said to be traumatized the incident.
Hodge’s spokeswoman Bernadette Maguire said: “He is very upset about the loss of Shamba and I think he is trying to put up a brave face, but he is really battling to come to terms [with] what has happened.”
Hodge, Maguire said, now walked with assistance from a physiotherapist at a private hospital in South Africa’s main city, Johannesburg.
She added that he will probably remain in hospital for a few weeks.
“His wounds are still open until doctors are sure there is no infection,” she added.