LAS VEGAS — Video of a lion attacking a trainer at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has been posted on the YouTube website.
MGM Resorts International spokeswoman Yvette Monet on Tuesday confirmed the video was from the Sept. 1 incident, when a lion lunged at a trainer in full view of casino patrons.
The video shows the trainer attempting to hold the lion down and a second trainer stepping in between the two. The lion is eventually pushed away, but continues to walk around the habitat as if in pursuit of the trainer.
Monet had previously said the trainer, who received stitches in his leg, was not an MGM employee.
The incident is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency also responded in 2003 to the Las Vegas’ most famous animal attack, when magician Roy Horn was mauled by a tiger during a performance at the Mirage resort.
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