Zoo responds after viral video shows lion bit man's finger: 'Should never have happened'

El hombre, cuya identidad no ha sido revelada, is said to be a contractor for the Jamaica Zoo, que se encuentra en el distrito de Burton de Lacovia, Jamaica.

As shown in the viral clip, the contractor fits a part of his right hand through the galvanized chain link fence to pet a male African lion.

The contractor succeeds in petting the growling lion once, as onlookers watch and warn him to be careful.

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But when he reached for the lion’s mane a second time, the lion bit the contractor’s middle finger — and held onto the appendage with his powerful jaw.

A male African lion at the Jamaica Zoo (no en la foto) bit a man who stuck his fingers through the animal's chain link fence enclosure. Video of the unfortunate incident has circulated online.

A male African lion at the Jamaica Zoo (no en la foto) bit a man who stuck his fingers through the animal’s chain link fence enclosure. Video of the unfortunate incident has circulated online. (iStock)

In a visible state of panic, the contractor repeatedly tries to pull his finger until the lion finally releases it.

The graphic and expletive-filled video seems to show that onlookers were in disbelief — and questioned whether the moment was real.

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El domingo, Mayo 22, the Jamaica Zoo addressed the viral clip on Facebook and Instagram after the video circulated on those two social media platforms, entre otros.

The actions displayed in the video by a contractor to Jamaica Zoo [son] tragic and do not represent the safety procedures and policies that must be adhered to at all times at Jamaica Zoo,” the zoo wrote.

Lions have a powerful bite force that can range between 650 y 1,000 pounds per square inch, according to an online animal encyclopedia.

Lions have a powerful bite force that can range between 650 y 1,000 pounds per square inch, according to an online animal encyclopedia. (iStock)

We are currently reviewing the video, with a view of preventing any future recurrences.

The zoo continued, “It is an unfortunate event that should never have happened, and we, the family of Jamaica Zoo, are doing everything to assist the gentlemen in moving forward.

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The Jamaica Zoo’s statement says the facility wants toreassure the publicthat it is a safe placefor families.

It also said the facility prides itself on providing “amor, care and professional treatmentfor its animals.

The facility has swans, hummingbirds, African lions, bunnies, crocodiles, monos, scarlet macaw parrots and yellow-billed parrots.

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