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Terrifying ordeal for Australian tourist after lion jumps through his car window and savages his legs

Brendan Smith
Brendan Smith

This Australian tourist posted graphic pictures of his wounds following a terrifying ordeal when a lion jumped through his car window and savaged his legs. (scroll down if you're not squeamish!)

Brendan Smith, from Perth, was on safari in Jonhannesburg when the big cat tried to make a meal of him.

According to his Facebook page, Mr Smith had only just arrived in South Africa before he was mauled by the king of the jungle.

"No later than 36 hours after touching down in Africa I find myself in hospital after a lion jumped through the car window and decided to go to town on my legs," he posted.

"Pretty full-on but am alive, with insurance coming to the party and an influx of curious Africans wanting to see 'the lion man'.

"Could have and should have been a lot worse but chicks dig scars so I'll be sweet!"

Mr Smith posted pictures of what look like massive bite marks piercing his skin, while another is of two unidentified lions lazing on the grass.

Mr Smith appears to recovering well, however.


This morning he posted: "A positive about being couch ridden is that I get to put my feet up and watch the Aussies claim [cricket] world cup glory..always a silver lining.

"As for me I'm out of hospital feeling good, counting my blessings and now it's the small but satisfying steps of rehab."