WATCH: Zoo Attendant Looses Finger to lion at Jamaica Zoo

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica — Visitors at Jamaica Zoo were on Friday left in shock after witnessing a zoo attendant’s finger being severed by a lion at the St Elizabeth-based attraction.

The incident, which was captured on video has since gone viral on social media.

One of the visitors who asked not to be named states that the incident unfolded about 4:22 pm in front of at least 15 people.

She said the tour of the zoo was coming to an end when the zoo attendant in an apparent effort to impress visitors, attempted to pet the lion.

The man’s right ring finger was reportedly partially bitten off after he stuck his hand through the chain-linked lion’s cage.

“When it happened, I thought it was a joke. I didn’t think it was serious. I didn’t realise the seriousness of it, because it’s their job to put on a show,” she said.

“Obviously, when he fell on the ground everybody realised that it was serious. Everybody started to panic,” she added.

The man screamed expletives as he wrestled to get his finger free from the lion’s mouth.

The visitor said the incident left some people including herself stunned.

“The entire skin and about the first joint of his finger was gone,” she said.

“I ran away from the whole thing, because me nuh like see blood and it was too graphic for me,” she added.

The injured zoo attendant reportedly got up and walked to a vehicle before leaving the facility.

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