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Police officer mauled by lions after jumping into enclosure at zoo (video)

By Mason White 5:21 PM December 10, 2014
Justo Jose 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A police officer is in serious condition after jumping into an enclosure populated by lions at a zoo, rescue workers in Spain said.

Barcelona Police said that the 45-year-old off-duty officer is in critical condition at a hospital on Monday night, after he climbed into the lions’ enclosure at the main city zoo.

The incident unfolded on Sunday about 12:00 p.m., when Justo Jose, who was dressed in military clothes, climbed the fence separating the lions from the tigers.

It was a holiday weekend and the zoo was crowded with families who watched in horror as he was attacked by one lion and two tigers.

People threw stones at the animals until emergency services dispersed them with hoses and fire extinguishers. It took rescuers about a half hour before they were able to get to the man and transport him to the hospital.