LISBON, PORTUGAL A man, apparently wanting to commit suicide, jumped into the lion pit at Lisbon zoo where he was attacked and killed by a lioness.
Zoo officials said the 61-year-old man climbed a five-yard-high wall Thursday and leaped into the pit, home to 10 lions.
|He ignored warnings and instead began bothering the lions.|
"She broke his neck ... and he was dead instantly," zoo administrator Fernando Paisana told Reuters. He said the man's body was not mauled or eaten.
A police spokesman said the man had been distraught about the recent suicide of his son and the zoo death was an apparent suicide.
|Suicide by Croc:
Agence France-Presse, Aug 13, 2002
|Despondent zoo visitor decides to share her grief with hundreds of crocodiles.|