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There is widespread controversy in Chile after zookeepers killed two lions in front of a crowd of visitors after they mauled a naked man who had entered their enclosure in an apparent suicide attempt.
The local man, named as 20-year-old Franco Luis Ferrada, apparently climbed onto the rooftop of the lion enclosure at Santiago National Zoo, Chile, before he forced his into the pen housing the highly dangerous lions, he then allegedly removed his clothing before he purposely taunted the lions into attacking him.
The horrific scenes occurred in front of an on looking crowd, reports say zookeepers then intervened by opening fire with tranquiliser darts. However one of the darts accidentally hit Mr Ferrada in the neck.
The two large lions were then killed after two more shots were fired. Meanwhile local media say Mr Ferrada is currently in critical condition in a nearby hospital.