Lion kills owner in Czech Republic

He added that the intervention of a lioness was all that saved him.

The Czech man-who kept a 9-year-old lion and 3-year-old lioness in homemade enclosures on his family's farm in Zdechov-was found mauled to death in the wooden pen of the lion.

The animals - living in separate pens - were shot dead by police called to the scene.


The local regional police spokeswoman told the CTK Agency that authorities had to kill the lions in order to get to the man's body. Pasek's body has now been recovered and sent for an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

He was breeding them illegally and had been fined in the past because he did not have planning permission for the cages. Prasek refused to let any authorities onto his property and an impasse ensued over the animals.

A lack of alternative facilities in the Czech Republic, and no evidence of animal cruelty, also prevented the authorities from forcibly removing the animals.


Last summer, Mr Prasek made news when a cyclist crashed into his lion while out walking on a leash.

The cyclist was taken to the hospital but only suffered scratches.

Police classified the event as a traffic accident.


"Today's incident will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem", said Zdechov mayor Tomas Kocourek. According to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, there are more than 250 big cats kept by private owners in the country.

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