He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard. The Inevitable Just Happened

Czech Michal Prasek mauled to death on family farm
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2019 12:44 PM CST
Updated Mar 9, 2019 3:04 PM CST
A male lion looks out from its cage.   (Getty Images/The Walker)

(Newser) – When Michal Prasek was attacked by a lion in 2012, he admitted it was his own fault. "Every morning I went to feed it, but this time I put on a coat that smelled of dogs," the amateur lion breeder said, per the UK Week. He added that the intervention of a lioness was all that saved him. There was no such reprieve in a horrifying deja vu on Tuesday. The Czech man—who kept a 9-year-old lion and 3-year-old lioness in homemade enclosures on his family's farm in Zdechov—was found mauled to death in the wooden pen of the lion. Prasek's father, who discovered the body around 7am, said the cage had been locked from the inside, per the BBC and Newsweek.

Responding officers shot both lions, with a rep noting the killings were "absolutely necessary for them to get to the man." Prasek, 34, had previously been fined for illegal breeding as neighbors raised concerns about the lions. A cyclist even collided with the leashed lioness as Prasek walked the animal last year. But Prasek refused to let authorities onto his family's property, and as there was no evidence of animal cruelty and apparently no suitable facility for the big cats in the Czech Republic, the issue had been at a stalemate, per the BBC. The latest incident "will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem," Zdechov's mayor is quoted as saying. (A Dutch jogger stumbled upon a lion cub last fall.)

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