Zookeeper loses finger to Lion while trying to entertain tourists

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A man lost a finger after a caged lion he was playing with bit him, shocking tourists. After the event, which was captured on camera by tourists, the zookeeper at a St Elizabeth Jamaica Zoo went for quick medical assistance.

At least fifteen people present at the animal refuge saw the horrifying incident, which was also broadcast on social media. The incident was caught on camera and has gone viral on social media.

The incident occurred just after 4 p.m., according to Observer Online, and was witnessed by shell-shocked visitors. The zookeeper attempted to pet the plainly agitated lion to dazzle tourists, according to a tourist.

The man's ring finger on his right arm was reportedly severed off when the lion sunk its teeth into his arm.

"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.

"Obviously, when he fell to the ground, everybody realised that it was serious. Everybody started to panic," she said.

The zookeeper screamed as he struggled with the caged lion to remove his finger from the lion's mouth.

A stunned witness said: "The entire skin and about the first joint of his finger was gone. I ran away from the whole thing because me nuh like see blood and it was too graphic for me," she said.

After the incident, the injured and pained zoo attendant stood up and proceeded to a vehicle before leaving the premises. "His facial expression when he was walking is like the pain never kicked in," said the visitor.

Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pamela Lawson said she would look into the incident.

"We will be going down there, and I will be communicating with the National Environment and Planning Agency, which has oversight over Jamaica Zoo," she said.

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