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British owner in hospital after lion attack in South Africa wildlife park

Michael Hodge suffered neck and jaw injuries after the incident at the Marakele Predator Centre in Limpopo.

A lion whose attack on a British wildlife park owner in South Africa was recorded in a graphic video has been killed.

A staff member at Marakele Predator Centre in Limpopo province killed the lion after it mauled Michael Hodge, the owner of the facility, the News24 media outlet reported.

A video posted on News24’s website shows Mr Hodge walking in an enclosure behind the lion and then running for an exit when the creature turns and chases him. The lion quickly drags him towards some bushes.

Mr Hodge suffered neck and jaw injuries and is being treated in hospital.

Police are investigating the incident.

The website of the Marakele Predator Centre said Mr Hodge and his wife moved from Britain to South Africa in 1999.

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