Shocking Moment a Lion Attacking a Baby on Live TV

Wow, this is terrifying! What were they thinking?!

The incident, which very nearly ended in disaster, occurred during the filming of former Mexican programme Con Sello de Mujer.

At the start of the video everything looks to be under control as two handlers sit with the wild animal on a lead and talk to the show’s presenter. In between the two parties is a mother, who holds her young daughter in her lap. The lion cub sits on the floor and appears to be quite calm until the baby starts to whine – a sound that sends it into a frenzy. Without warning, the lion suddenly jumps to its feet and lunges at the little girl, grabbing hold of her leg with its sharp teeth. The attack causes the baby to scream in terror, which only aggravates the situation as the female handler calls for calm. The trainer can be seen wrestling with the lion’s face while trying to force it to let go of the child. Meanwhile the toddler’s mother, who appears shocked, pulls her baby towards her as the lion tugs her leg the other way.

Eventually the two trainers are able to prise the lion’s jaws open and pull the little girl’s leg free. The male trainer then heads off with the cub as the woman pulls the baby’s trousers up and gives her a hug. The clip concludes with the handler then giving the mother a hug to apologise for the incident.