Pictured: The terrifying moment man was mauled by lion at Barcelona zoo after he jumped into enclosure
- Man entered the lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo in army dress
- Understood to have positioned himself in front of lioness
- He was dragged into a tunnel by the animals before being rescued
- Emerged covered in scratches and bite marks, local newspapers report
This is the horrifying moment when a Spanish man risked his life by jumping into the lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo.
The 45-year-old has been left with serious injuries after he was mauled by three of the animals for about half-an-hour before he could be rescued.
Dressed in military uniform, the man climbed over railings and began scaling one of the walls in the enclosure before being picked up by one of the animals and thrown into a pit.
A male lion lies down on top of a 45-year-old man, who jumped into the lions' enclosure at Barcelona Zoo
Mauled: The man has been left with serious injuries after jumping into a lion enclosure at Barcelona zoo
The 45-year-old was rescued around 30 minutes later, covered in scratches and bite marks. He was taken to the city's Hospital de la Vall D'Hebron where he remains in a serious but not life-threatening condition.
According to Spanish reports, the man climbed over fencing to enter the enclosure as horrified tourists watched on.
Footage of the bizarre incident shows him scaling one of the enclosure's walls before being tossed by the leg into a pit by a lioness.
He emerged some 30 minutes later after fire fighters used hoses to fight the animals off of him.
According to local reports, the man, named by El Pais as Justo Jose MP, is a neo-Nazi demonstrator.
One of the female lions carries her loot in her mouth - the 45-year-old's backpack
The man was picked up by one of the animals after he jumped into the enclosure, and thrown into a pit
He was arrested last month in the city centre after draping banners emblazoned with Swastikas over the famous Casa Mila building in an anti-abortion protest.
'It is not known whether the incident at the zoo was a demonstration, though fire fighters said the man could not have entered the enclosure accidentally.
'The security system makes it impossiblef for a person to fall into the enclosure. It cannot have been by accident, to enter (the enclosure) you have to want to go in,' said chief fire fighter of the Bomberos de Barcelona, Hector Carmona.
While he emerged from the enclosure covered in bite marks and scratches, zoo keepers have insisted the lions were merely trying to play with him, Spanish news outlet 20minutos reports.
'The intention was not to kill him, they were just trying to play with him, Ignasi Armengol, director of Barcelona Municipal Services said.'
Fire fighters were forced to use power hoses to scare the lions away from the man's body after he jumped into their enclosure in
Police and ambulance staff care for the man who suffered scratches and bite marks, but is not in a life-threatening condition
Zoo keepers said the animals were not trying to kill the man but were merely attempting to play with him