Kiss of death! Canadian teenager mauled while trying to kiss a Lion
A Canadian teen got a little too close for
comfort to a lion she was helping care for
in a South African rehabilitation facility
when the beast tried to drag her into its
cage by the legs.
Lauren Fagen, 18, was volunteering at the
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
when she leaned in to kiss the beastÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s
fur.The Montreal girl was then pulled into
the animalÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s cage, her legs gnawed and
gashed by the lion and its mate, before she
was finally dragged away by a lifesaving
It began as a dream. Fagen was all set to
attend McGill University in the fall and
wanted toindulge a lifelong passion for
She travelled to the Limpopo province of
South Africa to work with the animals at
Moholoholo, a center established in 1991 for
the rehabilitation of wild African animals like
rhinos and honey badgers.
But Fagen wasnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t feeding 5-year-old Duma,
a male, when the attack occurred. She was
leaning into kiss its fur, reports the
Canadian Globe and Mail.
Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½I didnÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t realize he could stick his paws
through,Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ Fagen said of the powerful feline.
The lion grabbed her and dragged her legs
into the cage, where it began tearing at
them.Its mate joined in, as well, by
pouncing on the girlÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s feet.
Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½I should have died or lost a leg. It was a
miracle that I survived,Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½ she said.
Fagen said the big cat was being Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½very,
very friendlyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ before the attack hinting she
may have been lulled into a false sense of
And she told ABC News via Skype from a
Pretoria hospital that she still thinks the lion
meant no real harm to her.
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