The tragic incident occurred at the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Andhra Pradesh, India, where a man named Prahlad Gujjar, aged 38 and hailing from Alwar, Rajasthan, was fatally attacked by a lion. Gujjar reportedly scaled a 25-foot-tall fence in an ill-fated attempt to take a selfie with the lion, leading to the fatal mauling.

Disregarding the warnings of a caretaker, who had advised him to steer clear of the lion, Gujjar entered a restricted section of the zoo and proceeded to jump into the enclosure. Tragically, his actions led to a fatal encounter with Dongalpur, the lion. Despite the caretaker’s efforts to intervene, the attack unfolded swiftly, sealing Gujjar’s tragic fate.

A zoo official recounted the harrowing incident, stating, “As soon as he jumped in, the lion attacked him. It was over in a matter of minutes,” as reported by the Daily Mail.

Authorities are currently conducting investigations, including a post-mortem examination, to uncover the circumstances surrounding Gujjar’s tragic death. There are suspicions regarding whether Gujjar was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the ill-fated leap into the lion enclosure.

A man met a tragic end after he was mauled to death by a lion at a zoo in India. Credit: NurPhoto / Getty

Since Gujjar was visiting the zoo alone, authorities are making efforts to contact his family in order to convey the heartbreaking news of his demise.

In response to the tragedy, the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park, home to three lions including Dongalpur, has implemented precautionary measures. Dongalpur has been moved to a secure cage and is currently under close observation following the fatal attack.

This chilling incident closely follows another tragedy involving a British woman in India. Just days prior, an 84-year-old woman, who was visiting Mamallapuram in southeast India with her son, tragically drowned in the Bay of Bengal sea while they were at a coastal temple.

The incident unfolded at the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Andhra Pradesh. Credit: Hindustan Times / Getty

Against the serene backdrop of the coastal town, tragedy struck as strong tides swept the woman away from the beach, despite her son’s valiant efforts to rescue her. Sadly, her lifeless body was discovered an hour later, casting a pall of sorrow over the idyllic coastal locale.

As authorities delve into both incidents, they emphasize the crucial importance of adhering to safety protocols and exercising caution, especially in environments where risks are prevalent. The tragic loss of life serves as a sobering reminder of the perils that can unexpectedly arise, even in the most seemingly tranquil settings.

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