Man attacked and killed by lion he kept as pet.


A man has been mauled to death by a lion caged at his family home in the eastern Czech Republic.
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Michal Prasek owned the 9-year-old big cat and another lioness for breeding. His father found his body in the lion’s cage and told local media it had been locked from the inside.
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The animals – living in separate pens – were shot dead by police called to the scene. A police spokesperson told local media that the shootings were “absolutely necessary for them to get to the man”.
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Prasek, 33, bought the lion in 2016 and the lioness last year, and kept them both in home-made enclosures in his back yard in the village of Zdechov.
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He had previously been denied planning permission to build the pens, and was subsequently fined for illegal breeding. But his conflict with the authorities reached a stalemate after he refused to let anyone onto his property.
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A lack of alternative facilities in the Czech Republic, or any evidence of animal cruelty, also meant the lions could not be forcibly removed.

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