Cape Town - A circus lion handler is lucky to be alive after she was mauled by one of the lions during her performance. To make matters even worse, is that the same handler, Faten El-Helw's husband was killed by his circus lions performing the exact same act 10 years before.
El-Helw's is seen prancing around the ring, waving to spectators in the audience when the African predator suddenly leaps from the stool it's made to sit on.
The audience immediately jump to their feet screaming, while El-Helw is pinned to the ground in seconds and bitten on the shoulder, reports Daily Mail. Remarkably, she was able to get up from the ground afterwards and was led to safety by another handler.
The lions was coaxed back into their cages by other circus workers.
Apart from the bite to her shoulder, El-Helw suffered a fracture to her pelvis.
The Inquisitir reports El-Helw expects to be performing again soon and has posted a comment to her fans on Facebook, thanking “Allah” and “God of the throne” for saving her life.
The El-Helw family is renowned in Egypt for their lion-taming. In 2004, El-Helw's husband Ibrahim died from his injuries after being attacked by a lion in 2004.
The incident happened in Tanta, a city in Egypt, located 94km north of Cairo.