A band of lionesses has been filmed launching a cruel attack on a man after deciding they wanted to kill the pride leader.
The terrifying images showed that the females sank their teeth into their flesh and tore their fur after pouncing on it in West Midlands Safari Park.
The Safari workers had to intervene and spray fire extinguishers on the beasts to break the fierce attack after the male was bloodied and abused.
A gang of lionesses launched a fierce attack on a man in West Midlands Safari Park. Man is seen letting out a painful roar
About nine females sink their teeth into his skull and tear his fur after pouncing on him
It is possible that the females tried to kill the male because he was too old to wear the pride.
In the wild, lionesses often kill their leader if they think their time has passed and they can no longer govern it properly.
However, Mya Beverstock, who caught the attack in the film, said the females may have pounced on him after a dispute over food.
The Safari workers stopped at three Landrovers as they sprayed fire extinguishers through the window to break the attack.
The male lion has a look of panic on his face as he tries to escape from the reach of the ferocious females
She said: It happened almost out of nowhere. It was time to eat and then, suddenly, we heard an avalanche growling.
& # 39; Two other males stepped back and did not get involved while the females attacked the leader. He could have eaten before his shift.
"The Safari workers solved it very quickly." Three jeeps ended up in the compound honking horns and driving the lions to separate them.
"One of the jeeps spraying them with a fire extinguisher ended up dissolving the fight.
"We went back to the park again and all the lion females had been removed from the enclosure and only the three males were there."
Several lionesses sink their teeth into the male's mane while lying exhausted on the rocks after struggling to escape
The extinguisher frightens the lionesses who get confused and move away from the man
In February of this year, a pride of lions charged against a car in the same safari park.
Abi Tudge, 23, and her friend Jaz Reynolds, who had organized the trip as a gift for two children they were caring for, watched in shock as the big cats headed towards their Hyundai.
The women say they were trapped in the compound for almost an hour after the park rangers closed the doors to deal with "agitated" and "aggravated" animals.
An infamous footage recorded by Ms. Reynolds, 28, showed them a jump over the hood and roof, leaving a huge dent in the shape of a leg.
Ms. Tudge, of Hereford, said they were shocked and feared that the windows of the car could have been torn apart by the animals during her visit on Wednesday to the popular attraction in Bewdley, Worcestershire.
The West Midlands Safari Park confirmed that the exit from its lion enclosure was closed "temporarily" due to the proximity of the animals to the gate, but stressed that no one had been in danger.
Moving images that show the fast beasts like lightning that go to the hood and the roof of the Hyundai i-30 leaving behind a huge dent in the shape of a paw
Abi, of Hereford, said they felt shaken and feared that the windows of the car could have been torn apart by the animals, which can weigh up to 30 stones.
A spokesman added: "The male lions have been in the process of mixing with the females for a few months.
"This has gone well and there was no reason to believe there would be problems yesterday as a result of the mix." As with all wild animals, harmonious groups can usually become particularly active.
"This is constantly monitored by trained personnel who are always on the premises when the guests also do so and will intervene if necessary.
"There was an experienced staff member inside the compound and at no time were the guests in danger."