Terrifying Footage of Hungry Lion Attacking Toddler On Live TV Show
Jay Dawson February 7th 2017 Entertainment
We've almost seen it all on TV these days - Maury Povich, Jerry Springer, and Big Brother haven't left much to the imagine. But this clip, from a Mexican TV show, is something entirely different. This is TV at its most bizarre, and most frightening. This is the moment a lion attacks a toddler on live TV. And you'll never believe what happens next...
It Was All Going So Well
On paper, and especially after the fact, it seems like a really, really bad idea. Get a young lion on live TV, next to a three-year-old girl and her terrified mother. With two trainers on set to handle the lion, it seemed that things really shouldn't go wrong. And in fact, at the beginning it was just another peaceful day on a famous Mexican chat show.
It was all going well, that is, until nature took over. As cute and cuddly as juvenile lions are, and as much as we all loved The Lion King, people tend to forget that no matter what age the animal is, we're dealing with a wild animal here. A natural born killer. You might be able to take the lion out of the jungle, but you can't take the jungle out of the lion.
TV's A Little Bit Different Down South
So what was this lion doing there in the first place? The first clue is probably in the fact that it was on Mexican national TV. Now, we don't want to make fun of our brothers and sisters down south, but their TV is, to put it bluntly, a little bit weird. Ever seen a Mexican telenovela? Those kinds of far out, bizarre plotlines are totally normal to them.
The TV show in question was called Con Sello De Mujer, which basically translates to "with a women's seal". In other words, it was a show by women and for women. Women put their stamp on the topics and issues of the show. Covering a variety of topics from a woman's perspective, it ran for a full nine years before being abruptly canceled. With incidents like this one, it's not exactly hard to see why.
Setting The Lion Off
Today on Con Sello De Mujer was a day like no other. As the host and the mother chatted (presumably about lions - we can't fully understand the Spanish but it's hard to imagine they'd ignore the most interesting topic in the room), no-one could see what was about to happen. Even the young lion, with his two handlers, was acting cool, calm, and collected. Then the toddler started to cry, and the situation went to shit in an instant.
Animal experts who have reviewed the clip have come to the same conclusion: that it was the particular high pitch of the baby's whine that set the lion off. See, lions aren't that much different from regular cats and dogs - the frequencies they hear are a little different to us squishy humans. Higher frequencies are especially different, and they hear them much louder than we do. A baby crying for them, is like a jet engine roaring into our bedroom for us.
The lion jumps up and goes straight for the source of the noise, grabbing the girl in both its paws. It all happens within a couple of instants, and the TV show host and the handlers are too stunned to react straight away. Something else kicks in for the mother, though. It's not fear or indecision - it's just simple maternal instinct. She's ready to defend her child at a moment's notice.
So the Mexican mother jumps up, almost at the same time as the lion, and fights for control of her child. Though her reflexes are admirable, and although she's almost as fast as the big cat, she's no match for it, strength-wise. The mother tries to pull the girl back to safety, but the lion has her well and truly clamped between those big paws. There's no chance she'll be able to do this on her own...
By this time, the lion trainers and the TV host have gotten over their initial shock. They leap into the fray, adding numbers and much needed strength to this epic tug-of-war. Even so, it looks like the lion is not going to budge an inch. Confused and unwilling to back down, it grips the toddler ever tighter, as the toddler keeps screaming in fear. Nobody knows what to do but keep pulling.
For a while it looks like it'll end up a bloodbath. The lion tamers have remembered their own training all of a sudden, and in Spanish they yell at the mother and host to relax, to not provoke the animal, and to not move any further. They know that the more the lion gets freaked out, the more it's going to go wild. Though let's be honest - it's a pretty tough ask of a mother, telling her to "relax" while her child's on the verge of being cat food.
It Gets Worse
All this time, the child has (understandably) not stopped screaming. But this screaming, of course, is only making the whole situation worse. It's riling up the lion, who didn't like the pitch of her voice in the first place. So the lion starts nipping at the kid, still holding on with its paws but getting a few experimental bites in there as well. And guess what? This only makes the baby cry more. And the lion gets more ferocious.
It's a vicious cycle, and it doesn't look like this struggle is ever going to end. All in all, it's pretty lucky that it's only a young lion on set, and not a fully-grown pride leader. Both male and female lions - when they've reached adulthood - have the size, weight, and strength to kill a man in one swift swipe. They could have crushed this toddler in an instant.
Finally, They Manage To Get Her Away
Just when it looks like this will end in a bloodbath, it's all over. The trainers manage to calm the lion sufficiently to lessen its grip, and the mother and show host finally pull the child from the jaws of the beast. The mother takes her baby a few meters away from the lion, but it's not really necessary. After all the excitement, the lion looks like it's had enough. It's missed out on lunch, so it's just going to go off for a nap instead.
Shaken, the trainers lead the lion off-stage, no doubt to where they'll have some pretty harsh words with the poor animal. Everyone in the audience is going wild, but everyone on stage is too shocked for words. There's not much for the mother to do but hold her precious child, and do something very unexpected...
After It's All Done, The Mother Just Laughs
Guess what the mother does? She laughs. She laughs and laughs and laughs. No screams, or storming off, or abusing the host of the TV show. No, she just holds her kid and laughs. It's not the reaction the audience are expecting, that's for sure.
But how should she have reacted? It's true that laughing after such sudden and unexpected trauma seems, let's be honest here, a little creepy. A little bit too much like a James Bond villain. On the other hand, it's also not the most unnatural reaction to sudden stress. She's happy. She - and her baby - are alive. She just been so petrified that all she can do now is thank the gods above for her stroke of dumb luck. Before you go judging her reaction, consider how you've acted in similar extreme and unexpected situations. Sure, there was probably a lot of cussing, but underneath it all there was no doubt the overwhelming urge to laugh like crazy.
And The Toddler Walks Away Unharmed
Let's hope that after all this, when the toddler grows up and lives a normal life, that they don't remember a single thing about the incident. Because if they did, it's enough to make you go off the circus (or Africa) for life. But despite being bitten, squeezed, and roughly treated, the kid seems to have gotten away without any major injury - both emotionally and physically.
The best part of it is, in fact, that the toddler also walked away still holding the lollipop that she was sucking on before she was mauled by the lion. Throughout the whole ordeal, through being shaken and stirred, the toddler would give up anything but her lollipop. We couldn't think of a more perfect example of the innocence of childhood than this baby never letting go of its candy. We also couldn't think of a better metaphor for the obesity problem in North America.
What Have We Learned From All This?
If you haven't watched the video of this brutal ordeal, now's the time to do it. We can describe it all we like, but nothing will put into words the sheer terror evident on the faces of this TV show. Nothing we say can quite prepare you for the swift and terrible violence on screen. So you'll just have to watch it for yourself.
What we will tell you, though, is our opinion on the whole thing. It's not a complicated one. Basically, there's so much potential in TV. So many avenues and ideas and wacky stunts that haven't yet been tried out. There's all kinds of dramatic storylines and silly little game shows that we really couldn't run out of quality shock TV programs if we tried. So for the love of God, don't ever think that bringing a lion onto a TV set is ever a good plan. Come up with another one.
50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist
Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.