A terrifying moment was captured on live television in Mexico when a young toddler was attacked by an adolescent lion as its handler desperately tried to pry open the lion's jaws.
The clip from the show Con Sello de Mujer was recorded in 2007 but recently went viral after re-appearing online.
At the beginning of the video everything looks to be going as planned until the baby begins to whine, sending the lion into an apparent blood-thirsty frenzy.
Without warning the lion jumps to its feet and lunges at the little girl, grabbing her leg in its jaws.
The trainer can be seen desperately trying to pry open the lion's jaws while pulling it away. The mother's shock is apparent as well as as she tries to pull her child towards her.
Eventually the two trainers were able to open the lion's mouth and pull the girl's leg free.
Luckily for everyone involved the child was able to leave without much more than a scratch. The show itself was not so lucky, it was canceled that very year.
(Photo: David Silverman/Getty Images)
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