Hodge ran for the gate, but the lion grabbed him by his neck and dragged him several feet.
In the footage, the lion sees Mike after he enters its enclosure and chases him towards the gate.
Onlookers scream as he the lion drags him back into the bushes, with a man heard saying "get a rifle just in case".
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A terrifyingly video that has gone viral since the event shows a 67-year-old man Mike Hodge getting mauled by a full-grown lion after Mr Hodge went too close to the ferocious animal inside his enclosure.
However, police spokesman Motlafela Mojapelo said on Tuesday that police are investigating a lion attack in the Thabazimbi area of Limpopo province, and that the man who was attacked is in intensive care with jaw and neck injuries.
At the time, Hodge who owned the wildlife park along with a park ranger had become concerned about fissure emanating from the enclosure. In yet another incident, an elderly man was attacked by a lion at Marakele Predator Park in South Africa.
They moved to South Africa in 1999 and started a lion conservation project in 2003 on a farm 30kms from Thabazimbi.
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"Somebody help, please! Oh, my God!" witnesses shouted in the background.
The lion is finally scared away by gunshots, leaving the man's motionless body lying in the bushes.
"He is no fool around lions and knows how to interact with them but clearly something went wrong", the friend added. So basically because of this mans stupidity, this incredible animal has been killed!'
Incidents of big cats attacking humans are increasing at an alarming rate, and the fault is not at all that of these majestic wild animals.
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