A teenage girl was left needing hospital treatment after being mauled by a lion in a shock animal attack in a rare big cat enclosure in the UK.
The 16-year-old child was bitten and clawed by a 5ft mountain lion when it pounced on her after her boss allegedly asked her to look after the big cat.
Viral footage showed the teen cautiously entering a pen – said to be on a farm owned by businessman Reece Oliver in Strelley, Nottinghamshire – with a large cat sitting casually near the entrance.
However, when the teenager stepped into the enclosure, the animal quickly sprang to its feet and lunged at her, the force of the animal pushing the girl backwards.
Video showed the big cat wrap its claws around her leg and sink its teeth into her thigh as the young woman tried desperately to wrestle herself free.
The cat – named Rogue – refused to let go as the teen used all the strength she could muster to try to prise the animal off her.
It barely flinched when she resorted to punching it to get it to release her.
The beast clawed at the teen as she frantically tried to get herself back out of the pen – inching towards the door as the cat continued to hold her back.
It lunged up towards her neck as she finally managed to get out into the larger play area designed for the animal – where they continued to wrestle.
The alarming footage saw the girl and the animal locked in a brutal standoff, as she continued to attempt to break free while the big cat, standing on it’s hind legs, gripped her arms with its claws.
After a minute and a half of struggling, the young woman was finally able to escape and sought refuge behind a door while the mountain lion paced on the other side of the door.
The Sun claim the teenager was sent into the cage without any training of how to work with large cats.
It is also suggested she was hired as a stable worker to work with horses – not with big cats.
While locals are reportedly petitioning for the big cat owner, Mr Oliver's, private animal collection – which is said to include two African lions – to be seized before anyone else is injured.
A source told The Sun: "This attack was inevitable. It’s the consequence of having poorly trained staff and lions in a back garden."
Daily Star Online has contacted Mr Oliver for comment.
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