Moment lion SAVAGES whip-cracking tamer in front of Russian revellers

Circus of horrors! Moment lioness SAVAGES whip-cracking Big Top tamer in front of terrified Russian revellers

  • Trainer Maxim Orlov and other circus staff fended off the beast called Vega 
  • A pregnant woman suffered an epileptic seizure from shock, reports claim
  • After the attack there were renewed calls for a ban on live animals in circuses

A circus tamer was attacked by a ‘beserk’ lioness in front of a horrified audience which included children, and caused a pregnant woman to have a seizure from shock.

Scared children and their parents rushed from the big top in Russia as the beast twice clawed and sank her teeth into him.

Trainer Maxim Orlov and other circus staff fended off the beast – called Vega – with poles but the angry lioness caused injuries which required hospital treatment in Moshkovo, Novosibirsk region.

Pictured, the moment Vega the lioness attacked Trainer Maxim Orlov in front of a terrified audience

Before he was attacked two lionesses – Vega and Santa – were seen brawling in the ring.

Then Vega made two attacks on Orlov.

A pregnant woman suffered an epileptic seizure from shock, said reports.

Witness Viktoria said: ‘The lionesses went berserk.

‘When we ran away, there was a wild roar from the animals.

‘The tamer was attacked.

‘A pregnant woman had an epileptic seizure from fright.

‘An ambulance was called.’

After the attack – the latest of many in Russia – there were calls for a ban on live animals in circuses.

The trainer – after being bandaged in hospital – insisted: ‘Cases such as today are very rare, but animals are animals.

After the attack – the latest of many in Russia – there were calls for a ban on live animals in circuses. (Maxim Orlov, tamer, pictured at an earlier performance)

‘Vega is five years old and has been wayward since childhood.’

She will not perform again after the attack.

‘We will negotiate with the zoos to exchange her for a little lion cub,’ he said.

He blamed the attack on the Ural Travelling Circus not working during the pandemic.

Commenter Evgenia Lukyanova said: ‘How many similar cases before people stop seeing the suffering of wild animals as entertainment for children?’

Natalya Amur said: ‘This is torture of wild animals.’

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