News 12 Nov 12

Macedonia: Escaped Circus Lion Panics Spectators

A lion who escaped during a circus performance has caused havoc amongst spectators on Sunday evening in the Macedonian town of Kavadarci.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic
BIRN
Skopje

Photo by: usien/wikimedia commons

“It was horrifying, children were screaming and women were fainting,” an  eyewitness described the scene to the Net Press news agency.

The police confirmed that there were no injuries when the lion, belonging to the  Hungarian traveling circus “Safari”, jumped into the audience during the performance. 

Local media report that the fully grown lion escaped through a collapsed part of the cage barrier that separated the audience from the podium. Lion tamers were quick to rush in and put the lion to sleep with tranquilliser darts.

“The lion pulled the fence and hurled towards us… we all started to run and whole hell broke loose… the lion got agitated and they were having hard time restraining it,” another spectator recalls.

The police said it will investigate how the lion escaped. The circus officials are so far silent.

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