‘He has deep bite marks across his whole body’ – Months of rehab ahead for man attacked by lion

LIMPOPO- Mike Hodge, 72 , who was attacked by Shamba the lion will be subjected to months of physical rehabilitation therapy ahead him.

The 10-year-old lion was shot dead to save Hodge’s life.

Hodge owner of the Marakele Predator Centre near Thabazimbi, Limpopo, is still in the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg where he’s being treated in the intensive care unit.

Spokesperson for the family Bernadette Maguire said,”Mike has deep bite marks across his whole body,”

“The wounds aren’t covered at the moment as doctors fear infection. He’s also struggling to eat because his jaw is broken.”

Maguire said doctors they are amazed that Hodge survived the attack, she said, “It’s a miracle.”

The video showed a terrified tourist watch as Shamba attacked Hodge on Saturday. The tourists had been on a safari ride in a specially adapted vehicle.

The footage shows Hodge being flung about like a hapless doll by Shamba.

Hodge, raised Shamba from when he was a cub, his still struggling to come to terms with what happened.

Maguire said, “He’s yet to find his bearing. He and Shamba were very close and Shamba was always loving towards him.”

She added that Hodge is the first person to acknowledge there’s always a risk involved when it comes to any wild animal.

The couple, Hodge and his wife, Chrissy, are originally from England.

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