08/12/2014 08:15 GMT | Updated 12/12/2014 11:59 GMT

'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.

He was promptly dragged into a tunnel and mauled.

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."