A LIONESS has mauled a contractor brought in to spray weeds at a Darwin nature park, injuring one of his arms.
The injured man, believed to be Peter Davidson, who runs hunting safaris in the Top End, had been hired by Crocodylus Park to spray for weeds.
Crocodylus director Grahame Webb said while the head keeper was taking Mr Davidson around the lion cage on Friday, it appeared he put his hand inside the animal’s cage.??He said the nine-year-old lioness named Shebe grabbed Mr Davidson’s arm in her mouth, possibly thinking he was trying to play a game.??”It was that muscly part below the elbow that has been torn, obviously with the teeth, and he is in the hospital,” Professor Webb said.??”I think it is just one of those misadventure type things.”
Prof Webb said Shebe had never harmed anybody and he was at a loss to explain why Mr Davidson put his hand in the enclosure.
“We really need to talk to him. He was with the head keeper. She turned around and the next thing he yelled,” he said.
Prof Webb said he believed Mr Davidson poked the lioness in the eye to make her release his arm.
A spokeswoman for the Royal Darwin Hospital said the man was in stable condition.
Mr Davidson owns Peter Davidson’s Arnhemland Hunting Safaris.