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Man Mauled to death by pet Lion he kept in cage

A man has been mauled to death by a pet lion he kept illegally caged in his back garden in the Czech Republic.

Michal Prasek’s body was found in the pen of the nine-year-old big cat by his father, who said the enclosure was locked from the inside.

Mr Prasek, 34, kept the lion for breeding along with a lioness, which lived in a separate cage.

Michal Prasek (pictured) has been mauled to death by a pet lion he kept illegally caged in his back garden in the Czech Republic
Michal Prasek (pictured) has been mauled to death by a pet lion he kept illegally caged in his back garden in the Czech Republic
Michal Prasek's body was found in the pen of the nine-year-old big cat by his father, who said the enclosure was locked from the inside
Michal Prasek’s body was found in the pen of the nine-year-old big cat by his father, who said the enclosure was locked from the inside
Mr Prasek, 34, kept the lion for breeding along with a lioness (pictured), which lived in a separate cage
Mr Prasek, 34, kept the lion for breeding along with a lioness (pictured), which lived in a separate cage
 Last summer, Mr Prasek made news when a cyclist crashed into his lion while out walking on a leash
 Last summer, Mr Prasek made news when a cyclist crashed into his lion while out walking on a leash

The cats were shot dead by police called to the scene in the village of Zdechov, in Vsetin District in the Zlin Region.

A police spokesperson told local media that the shootings were ‘absolutely necessary for them to get to the man’.

Last summer, Mr Prasek made news when a cyclist crashed into his lion while out walking on a leash.

A police spokesperson told local media that the shootings were 'absolutely necessary for them to get to the man'. Michal Prasek is pictured outside the enclosure
A police spokesperson told local media that the shootings were ‘absolutely necessary for them to get to the man’. Michal Prasek is pictured outside the enclosure
Mr Prasek purchased the lion in 2016 and the lioness last year and kept the pair in enclosures he built himself in his back garden
Mr Prasek purchased the lion in 2016 and the lioness last year and kept the pair in enclosures he built himself in his back garden

The cyclist was taken to the hospital but only suffered scratches. Police at the time deemed it a traffic accident.

Mr Prasek purchased the lion in 2016 and the lioness last year and kept the pair in enclosures he built himself in his back garden.

He was breeding them illegally and had been fined in the past because he did not have planning permission for the cages.

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