At peak hours and in presence of small children, who were left traumatised, twenty-year-old Franco Luis Ferrada Roman jumped into a lion cage with a death wish.
Roman was rushed to a hospital in a ‘grave condition’ after his act left him seriously mauled by two lions in the cage of Santiago zoo in Chile.
Sadly, the zookeepers had to shoot dead the two lions aggravated by Ferrada Roman as there were no fast acting tranquilizers available.
The director of the Santiago zoo, Alejandra Montalva, told Daily Mail, “We believe that this person entered as a visitor and paid for his ticket. Later he trespassed into an area where the public are not normally allowed and we understand that he forced the roof of the lion’s enclosure. It was from there that he jumped, took off his clothes and started to attract the lions.”
According to witness account, the security personnel were slow to react and according to her, they jumped into action only after “he entered the enclosure from above and the lions started to play with him and then after they attacked him.”
Vasquez and other witnesses said that he was “screaming religious things” — particularly about Jesus. A suicide note found in his clothes mentioned an apocalypse as the reason for his death wish.
Ferrada Roman suffered injuries to head and pelvic areas and his heart almost stopped, but he is no longer in a life-threatening condition.