As families gathered around an enclosure, a lion suddenly lashed out at an unsuspecting keeper - but in an unexpected turn of events, a lioness scrambled to save him during the heart-stopping incident.
n the video, two zookeepers are seen in the lion's pen observing a male lion and a lioness who are both laying seemingly calmly on the ground.
Meanwhile, the other keeper keeps his eyes on the male lion – a near fatal mistake.
For a second the camera pans away, only to rapidly turn back amidst cries from onlooking tourists as the lion goes for the keeper, after the man makes eye contact with him.
Terrifyingly, the big cat manages to get him to the ground as it attempts to clamp down on his leg.
His colleague rushes over to try and assist, but it's the lioness’ quick reactions that ultimately save them and help both men escape unhurt.