Santiago, Chile. A man walks into Santiago Metropolitan Zoo. His name is Franco Luis Ferrada Roman. He’s depressed and suicidal. On him is a suicide note. He approaches the lion enclosure, strips totally naked and throws himself into the pit below. It’s suicide by lion.
Now, of course, this story ends in death and tragedy. But it may not be the way you’d think. Arguably, what happens next is even sadder. The lions, of course, mauled the man and attempted to rip him to shreds and eat him. But why wouldn’t they? They’re lions, after all. That’s what they do.
What happens next? Well, zoo workers are forced to shoot the lions in order to stop them from killing the man. It really was the only way. Unfortunately.
“Due to the circumstances and to firstly protect the life of this person, we found ourselves obliged to apply all of our security protocols,” the zoo’s statement on the incident reads. “It really was profoundly painful for every single one of us.”
We’re guessing the man – who survived – isn’t welcome back…