The Jamaican Zoo made a statement after a video went viral of a man biting his finger at a lion.
Jamaica Zoo Attractions revealed that the man in the video was a ‘contractor’. The video was shared over the weekend showing what happened at the facility in St. Elizabeth, the southwestern part of the island.
“The behavior shown in the video by a contractor at the Jamaican Zoo is tragic and does not represent the safety procedures and policies that Jamaica zoos must follow at all times,” the zoo said in a statement released on Sunday.
“We are investigating the circumstances of the accident so that similar incidents do not occur in the future,” he added.
“It is an unfortunate incident that should never have happened and we, the Jamaican Zoo family, are doing everything we can to help the gentleman move forward. Please continue to support Jamaica Zoo. We have always been and always will be a safe place for you and your family to visit,” the statement said.
The video went viral on Twitter and was viewed nearly 4 million times by Monday morning after it was posted on May 21st.
The contractor put his finger through the fence as the visitor recorded the episode on their cell phone. that much Jamaican Observer About 15 people witnessed the incident around 4:22 pm on May 21st.
The video shows a man touching the lion while revealing it as it growls. A fight ensues when a lion bites a man’s finger and the contractor swears and tries to remove his finger from the lion’s mouth.
The man’s fingers are eventually cut off and fall to the ground.
“I thought it was a joke when it happened. I didn’t think it was serious.” said an anonymous visitor. Jamaican Observer.
“It’s their job to do the show, so they didn’t realize the seriousness,” she added. “Obviously, when he fell to the ground, everyone realized it was serious. Everyone is starting to panic.”
The visitor said, according to the outlet, “the whole skin and the first knuckle of a finger was gone.” “Because I ran away from everything [I don’t] like [to] It was so vivid to see the blood.”
The audience added, “When I walked, my expression was like a pain I had never felt before.”
Pamela Lawson, executive director of the Jamaican Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NEPA) said: observer that they will investigate the case.
“We will go down there and communicate with the National Environmental Protection Agency, which oversees the Jamaican Zoo,” she said.
“It’s not common sense… there have been a lot of complaints about the Jamaican Zoo,” she added. Jamaican Isaac. “Keep kicking… After a while, I will turn around and bite you.”