VIDEO: Lion attacks small girl in cage as children play

The moment the young lion lunges at the small girl as other children flee (YouTube screengrab)
Updated 08 March 2018

VIDEO: Lion attacks small girl in cage as children play

DUBAI: This video captures the moment a little girl was suddenly leapt on by a young lion in the animal’s enclosure during what was supposed to be a children’s activity at the Jeddah Spring festival in the Saudi city.
In the video, that was captured by an onlooker, small children can be seen playfully running around inside an enclosure while the lion’s handler seems to hold the creature on a lead.
The children can be heard playfully screaming and laughing. But suddenly the fun turns to fear as the cat falls back on its hind legs and strikes out at the small girl.
“The children were delightfully playing and the lion seemed to have been attracted by the butterfly ribbon on the head of the girl,” the lion’s handler, Faisal Aseeri was quoted as saying.
The man can be seen quickly rushing to the girl’s rescue and restraining the cat as the other children can be seen running away – their screams now filled with fear.
Aseeri said the lion’s claws had been removed, so the girl was not seriously hurt. He added that he believed the children’s screams and shouts before the incident might have caused ‘tension and fear.’
According to the UAE daily Gulf News, the big cat’s handler is now being questioned over the incident. The girl is thought to have made a full recovery, having not been seriously injured.

Now see the horrifying moment the lion pounced on the little girl

Farah the Falcon swoops in to predict World Cup results, but will Saudi Arabia win?

Updated 20 June 2018

Farah the Falcon swoops in to predict World Cup results, but will Saudi Arabia win?

  • More than half her predictions have been accurate, although she was wrong about Egypt
  • Now see her make her swoop for the next Saudi Arabian match

DUBAI: South Africa’s World Cup had Paul the Octopus in 2010, Brazil’s World Cup had Big Head the loggerhead turtle in 2014, now Russia’s World Cup has Farah the Falcon.

However, the feathered flyer predicted Egypt to come out triumphant in Tuesday night’s game against host’s Russia - but the outcome was the opposite.

Farah guessed Saudi Arabia would lose its second game at the tournament against Uruguay on Wednesday.

This is not what any Saudi Arabia fan wants to see (Screenshot/Youtube: Dubai Eye 103.8 Sport)

It has been a rough group stage for Arab nations with all four countries losing their games so far.

Swooping in from her perch on the arm of her trainer, Farah – who is sponsored by UAE-based radio station Dubai Eye – glides towards one of two wooden flags bearing the colors of the countries playing against each other.

The flag she lands on is her predicted winner for the game.

So far, 10 of the 17 games played have been predicted correctly – with two of those ending in draws and seven ending with the predicted winner actually losing. This makes her accuracy at 58.8 percent.

Tunisia is predicted to lose its games on Saturday against Belgium, with Morocco set to suffer the same fate against Portugal on Wednesday according to the feathered foreseer.

Paul the Octopus was the most famous of the animal predictors, predicting 12 out of 14 matches correctly with an accuracy of 85.7 percent.

See how Farah made her Saudi Arabia v Uruguay prediction