CNN – MGM Resorts defended its safety practices today after amateur video surfaced showing a lion attacking its trainer inside its habitat at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, as horrified visitors to the hotel looked on. The video shows two trainers along with a lion and a lioness inside the habitat – a popular attraction at the hotel that opened more than 13 years ago.

Dave Salmoni, a big cat expert for Animal Planet, told CNN’s “Rick’s List” that the lion appeared to try to show his dominance over the trainer after the man “stiffened” when the animal turned his gaze on him. “What that tells the lion is: that guy’s nervous,” Salmoni said, adding that the lion interprets that nervousness into a need to dominate. “He went over and was doing what I would consider to be like a teenager testing his boundaries,” he said of the lion. “He went in and said, ‘I know I’m not allowed to bite people but I’m going to bite you and see what you can do back to me.'”

“Incidents where animal handlers are bitten are very rare,” he said, adding that the trainer “is in good health and anxious to return to work.”
Yeah, I bet he’s “anxious” to return to work. Very fucking anxious.

Every once in a while you gotta be like, “You know I’m a fucking lion, right?” The best part is the lioness going “seriously honey, calm down, he ain’t worth it.”

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