Michal Prasek’s father found his son’s mangled body in the lion’s cage which had been locked from the inside. Prasek, 34, was attempting to breed lions and had a lioness in a separate cage. He bought the lion in 2016 and purchased the female last year.
When authorities arrived on the scene, both lions were shot and killed. A police officer told local media the shootings were “absolutely necessary” in order “to get to the man.”
Local residents were concerned about Prasek’s animals and had complained to officials. Mayor Tomas Kocourek said the incident “will perhaps finally help to resolve this long-term problem.”
In the past, Prasek had been fined for illegal breeding and lacked planning permits for the pens. However, he refused to allow officials to enter his property and an impasse ensued over the animals. Authorities were unable to forcibly remove the lions because they did not have a safe place to keep them, nor was there any evidence of animal cruelty, which would have allowed removal of the animals.
Last year, Prasek made headlines after a cyclist collided with a lioness Prasek had taken out for a walk on a leash. The incident was eventually labeled as a traffic accident.
Sources: Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, March 5, 2019, and The BBC, March 5, 2019.
Look at how that fool is smooching with the lion. Why are there so many people now who think that animals want to smooch with them? Don't they know that the only reason that animals allow people to hug, pet and wallow around with them is because they view the person as their food source and think that's part of what they have to do to get fed?