Iion attacks a baby on live TV, bites her leg

Two handlers featured on Mexican TV show alongside mother and baby

They brought a lion cub into studio, which appeared to be calm at first

Suddenly baby started to whine, prompting the predator to lunge at her

Lion bit her leg as handlers tried to stop it attacking the screaming child

This is the terrifying moment a baby is attacked by a lion on live TV as handlers desperately try to prise its jaws open.

The incident, which very nearly ended in disaster, occurred during the filming of former Mexican programme Con Sello de Mujer.

lionThis clip from the show, which was last broadcast in 2007, recently went viral after re-appearing online and features a toddler and a lion cub in the TV studio.

Lion tries to EAT screaming toddler on Mexican TV show

The lion cub appeared to be quite calm until the baby started to whine and it lunged at her

The lion cub appeared to be quite calm until the baby started to whine and it lunged at her

Shocking footage shows the young lion biting the little girl’s leg as she screams in terror

Shocking footage shows the young lion biting the little girl’s leg as she screams in terror

At the start of the video everything looks to be under control as two handlers sit with the wild animal on a lead and talk to the show’s presenter.

In between the two parties is a mother, who holds her young daughter in her lap.

The lion cub sits on the floor and appears to be quite calm until the baby starts to whine – a sound that sends it into a frenzy.

Without warning, the lion suddenly jumps to its feet and lunges at the little girl, grabbing hold of her leg with its sharp teeth.

 

The attack causes the baby to scream in terror, which only aggravates the situation as the female handler calls for calm.

 

The trainer can be seen wrestling with the lion’s face while trying to force it to let go of the child.

 

The two handlers struggle to prise the lion’s jaws open as it continues to bite the young girl

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The two handlers struggle to prise the lion’s jaws open as it continues to bite the young girl

 

One of the handlers hugs the baby after they are able to pull her leg free from the lion’s jaws

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One of the handlers hugs the baby after they are able to pull her leg free from the lion’s jaws

 

Meanwhile the toddler’s mother, who appears shocked, pulls her baby towards her as the lion tugs her leg the other way.

 

Eventually the two trainers are able to prise the lion’s jaws open and pull the little girl’s leg free.

 

The male trainer then heads off with the cub as the woman pulls the baby’s trousers up and gives her a hug.

 

The clip concludes with the handler then giving the mother a hug to apologise for the incident.

 

Con Sello de Mujer was a show primarily aimed at women. It ran from 1998 to 2007 and touched on topics including health and beauty.

 

The lion was making an appearance on former Mexican TV programme Con Sello de Mujer

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The lion was making an appearance on former Mexican TV programme Con Sello de Mujer

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