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Watch A Captive Lion Attack His Trainer At The MGM Grand Casino Enclosure In Las Vegas(VIDEO)

Newlyweds Titus and Drew Ellis, who live in Montana, were on their honeymoon at the fabulous MGM Grand hotel resort and casino on Sept. 1,when they decided to check out the lion habitat at the MGM Grand Hotel.(CBS)

Lion attacks trainer at the MGM Grand Casino on September 1,2010...caught on tape!

Lion attacks trainer at the MGM Grand Casino on September 1,2010...caught on tape!

While Titus was recording the lions in their enclosure, the lion suddenly lunged at one of the two trainers that were in the lion’s habitat, and continued to record as a struggle ensued between the lions and the two trainers.

After a short struggle, one of the trainers was able to free himself, and come to the aid of his training partner.

The entire attack was caught on tape by the Ellis’s, who just happened to be in the right place at the right time.(Interview-CBS)

The camera is focused on the other side of the enclosure and does not capture the moment when the man was attacked. But reports say the trainer may have stepped too close to the lion.

“If the cat was serious, the damage to the animal care gentleman would be a lot more,” Las Vegas Zoo Director Pat Dingle told local TV station KVVU-TV.(SOURCE)

It is being reported by the casino that the lion was temporarily removed, but is now back on display at the popular casino, but the attack is under investigation by the US Department of Agriculture.

Lion Habitat inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

Lion Habitat inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

The good news is that cats and humans were not harmed during this altercation, which is a much better outcome than the infamous lion attack in Las Vegas on Siegfried & Roy in 2003,while the magical and popular duo were on stage at a casino,performing their act.

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On October 3, 2003, during a show at The Mirage Hotel and casino, Roy Horn was bitten on the neck by a seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore. Crew members separated Horn from the tiger and rushed him to the only Level I trauma center in Nevada, University Medical Center. Horn was critically injured and sustained severe blood loss.While being taken to the hospital, Horn said, according to sources, “Don’t shoot the cat”…(WIKI)

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The major injuries that Roy Horn sustained caused the duo,Siegfried and Roy, to retire their act , and they have never performed again.(SOURCE)

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“The cat had no intentions of doing permanent damage. It wasn’t hungry. It wasn’t anything like that. It was just a quick signal”,stated  feline expert Keith Evans.

It is good news that no one was killed or permanently injured like Roy Horn,and maybe this will encourage the Las Vegas casinos to re-evaluate if an animal enclosure housing wild lions is an appropriate attraction for a casino.

It seems to me that a wild animal habitat is a better place for the lions, as well as the public.It must make the lion’s a little crazy to wake up everyday to realize that they actually live inside of a smoky casino!

…What do you think???…write a comment and let me know!

Lions in a casino!!!...notice the reflection from the slot machines!

Depressed Lions inside a casino?!?...notice the reflection from the slot machines!

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3 Responses to “Watch A Captive Lion Attack His Trainer At The MGM Grand Casino Enclosure In Las Vegas(VIDEO)”

  1. The lions don’t live at the casino. They live on an 8.5 acre facility and different ones are brought out each day, so they’re not there every day.

    • Thanks for the info!

      You could look at it like this,..what’s better, to be a slave in squallor, humiliation and disrespect…or
      ..simply a slave in humiliation and disrespect?

      I just do not agree with them being held there for our entertainment, but I understand that many may not care, as is their right.

      • I am really glad these two men did not have serious injuries. I was impressed that the female jumped into the fray seemingly to help the trainer. I wondered if they are mates.

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