'Neo-Nazi' Man Mauled By Lion At Barcelona Zoo

A man - reported to be a neo-Nazi demonstrator - has been seriously injured after climbing into lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo.

Dressed in an army uniform, he scaled a security fence and stood in front of a lioness.

The lions were apparently just playing with him

Police and firefighters used hoses to ward off the lions but it took around 30 minutes to rescue the 45-year-old who was covered in scratches and bite marks.

He was taken to hospital with serious injuries but they are not thought to be life-threatening.

The entire incident happened in front of horrified tourists.

The man is stretchered away

He has been named locally as Justo Jose MP and has a reputation for demonstrating around the city covered in Swastikas.

He was arrested in November at an anti-abortion protest. Quite what he hoped to achieve in a lion enclosure remains unclear.

Ignasi Armengol, director of Barcelona Municipal Services said: "The intention was not to kill him, they were just trying to play with him."

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