A man has been mauled to death by one of the lions he kept in cages near his home in the Czech Republic.
Michal Prasek’s body was found inside the animal’s homemade cage by his father, according to BBC, who told local media it had been locked from inside.
Prasek owned a pair of lions that he kept for breeding purposes although he didn’t have the required permits, local media reported. Police shot both animals in order to get to Prasek.
The 33-year-old caused a stir in his village when he bought the male lion from Slovakia in 2016, according to Reuters.
BBC reported that Prasek had been fined for illegal breeding, but the lions couldn’t be removed from his property because there was no evidence of animal cruelty and a lack of alternative facilities for the big cats.
He attracted local media attention last summer when a cyclist collided with his lioness as he was walking her on a leash, the outlet reported. Police deemed the incident a traffic accident.