A NAKED man who jumped into the big cat enclosure at a Chilean zoo has survived but only after the lions attacking him were shot dead.
Santiago authorities confirmed the two beasts were killed as they mauled the 20-year-old who had broken into their compound early on Saturday.
The man, who has not been named, was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was said to be in a grave condition.
Director of the city’s Metropolitan Zoo Alejandra Montalba said the park was crowded with visitors at the time of the incident.
The young man broke into the enclosure, took off his clothes and jumped into the middle shocking families who witnessed the attack.
“The zoo has an established protocol because people’s lives are very important to us,” said Montalba.
She added that there were no fast-acting tranquilizers available to stop the lions quickly.
The zoo director said she was ‘deeply affected’ by the deaths of the two lions, a male and a female.
A suicide note was reportedly later found in the man’s clothing.
Witness reported he shouted religious statements as he was mauled.