A ZOO keeper ended up having his finger ripped off by a lion as the beast attacked him in front of terrified visitors.
The video shows the moment the Jamaica Zoo man screams after putting his hand in the beast’s cage.
The zoo keeper ignores the animal’s grunts and grunts as he foolishly puts his fingers in his mouth.
Tempting fate, the man then pushes his fingers into the cage again.
And then horribly the lion bites.
The man is left screaming as he desperately tries to pull his hand away as the lion clenches its jaws around his middle finger.
He grabs his right arm with his left hand and tries to tear himself away from the cage.
Leaning with his foot against the concrete block part of the enclosure, he then retreats – appearing to cut his finger.
“When it happened I thought it was a joke. I didn’t realize the seriousness of it because it’s their job to put on a show,” an eyewitness told The Jamaica Observer.
“Obviously, when he fell on the ground, everyone realized that it was serious. Everyone started to panic.”
She explained that the group had taken a tour of the zoo – the lions being one of the last stops in the park.
And the witness said that despite his injuries, the man managed to walk away and get into a truck before driving off.
The woman added: “All the skin and around the first knuckle of her finger was gone.
“I ran away from it all, because I don’t like seeing blood and it was too graphic for me.
“The expression on his face when he walked is as if the pain never showed up.”
The zoo, located near Santa Cruz, said it was unaware of the incident – but it is being investigated by the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals .
Chief Executive Pamela Lawson said: “We will be going there and I will be communicating with the National Environment and Planning Agency which oversees Jamaica Zoo.”