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Panic as three male lions fight midway through circus show in Yekaterinburg circus

By The Siberian Times reporter
03 February 2020

Visitors get splashed with water and leave as handler uses hose to stop the predators.

Three male and two female lions that were involved in the weekend performance in front of families with children

Two male circus lions from the same pride pounced on another male in a hormone-fuelled attack midway through the performance of Gia Eradze Royal Circus in Yekaterinburg on 1 February. 

The handler left the fenced stage seconds after the fight began, as circus staff used cold water hoses and sticks to separate the animals. 

Some of the audience close to the ring panicked and left as they got splashed with water. 

Three male and two female lions that were involved in the weekend performance in front of families with children. 

Panic as three male lions fight midway through circus show in Yekaterinburg circus 


Panic as three male lions fight midway through circus show in Yekaterinburg circus 

Panic as three male lions fight midway through circus show in Yekaterinburg circus 
Some of the audience close to the ring panicked and left as they got splashed with water. Pictures from the Saturday performance and earlier performances in Russia 


The animals worked through first half of the show but refused to perform after the break. 

‘A female lion caused the fight. One of the male lions 'chose' a female and got attacked two others as they all returned from the break’, said Yelena, a mother-of-one at the circus with her daughter. 

The handler and the circus team dealt with the fight in a professional manner, apologising to visitors who got scared by the fight. 

The lions were separated and taken backstage. 

‘There was no violence from the lion trainer. I still believe that lions should belong to nature, not the circus, but I brought my 6-year-old because she attends a circus studio and she wanted to watch acrobats and gymnasts’, Yelena said. 

The circus trainer said after resuming the show that the fight was caused by the start of the mating season. 

Lion trainer Artem Lazarevskiy, and videos from Saturday performance

Panic as three male lions fight midway through circus show in Yekaterinburg circus 



Comments (9)

They should not be in circuses, let them go to a protected reserve in South Africa....
Debbie Meredith, United Kingdom
07/02/2020 01:39
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Please stop this awful treatment to animals
Susan , Westfield Massachusetts
05/02/2020 21:30
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Well it’s serves everybody right ! How do people think these animals are trained to do things! Abuse! They should be in the wild ! Not in jail for our entertainment !
Supply and demand ! People
Stop demanding entertainment with animals !
Eleiko corso, VANCOUVER
05/02/2020 10:27
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Cruel show, ignorant people
Alessandra, Italia
04/02/2020 22:52
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All large wild animals are too intelligent to be kept caged up in zoo's or circus'. They must go crazy with boredom and this fight between two lions illustrates the results of this.
Peter fawdon, United Kingdom
04/02/2020 16:12
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These lion "tamers" should be educated enough to know the dynamics of their animals and the risks. Attendees must have been shaken.
Stephen, Odessa, United States
04/02/2020 03:54
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Typical female starting a fight!!! Being a female myself I certainly know what I'm talking about here, (with no offence to female readers), however we can be very jealous, bitchy and Diverish at times; admit it!!!

Just like humans, animals all have their bad, crabby days too and this was one of them for the lions. Lions are also not machines therefore it can happen. Congratulations to the trainer Artem Lazarevskiy for his professional and intuitive reaction in ensuring that all ran smoothly thereafter for both lions and audience.

I love the pitch of this true life Lion King story...
Anonymous, Switzerland
04/02/2020 02:12
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My opinion is., it is OK to see a tamed wild animal, it reminds us that
how much closer our Ancestors and wild beasts were once upon a time
Farooq Ahmad , Kashmir India
03/02/2020 21:59
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Its sad that a circus still uses animals
Alex, Sweden
03/02/2020 19:55
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