WATCH: Horrified screams as lion attacks keeper during show
Shocking video footage has been shared of the moment a lion locked its jaws around its keeper's throat and dragged him around a circus ring.
In the video posted to Facebook, horrified parents are seen grabbing their screaming children and rushing out of the circus as the lion attacked midway through a show in Doullens, northern France on Sunday afternoon.
Smoke was pumped into the arena to distract the lion which eventually lets go of the keeper, allowing him to scramble to safety.
Sevda Binici, who captured the video, wrote on her post, 'It's my girl who screams in the video, she cried all night.'
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According to the Daily Mail, the injured man was rushed to hospital where he underwent a successful five hour surgery. The lion will reportedly stay at the circus and resume his performances when his keeper returns.