A young zookeeper has suffered serious injuries when he was mauled by two lions.
The "experienced" employee was airlifted to hospital this morning following the horror.
He had entered the enclosure at Serengeti Park zoo in Hodenhagen, north Germany, to feed the animals but they attacked him, police said.
Horrified colleagues dashed in to pull the man free.
The zookeeper remains in hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
More than 1,500 animals live at the zoo in the popular park which attracts thousands of visitors every year.
Elephants, leopards, giraffes, and macaques are among the other animals in the 120-hectare site.
The park was founded in 1974 and has since worked to conserve endangered species.
The zoo's website says the attraction released a White Rhinoceros breed in Europe back into the wild.
And in 1999, the first baby monkey jungle in the world was opened at Serengeti Park.
In April, a tourist described the horror of being mauled by a lion at a nature reserve in Tikwe River Lodge, South Africa.
Pieter Nortje, 55, tried to stroke the lion but ended up suffering gruesome injuries.
"I was stroking a big male lion who was enjoying it and then a female came over. I think either she wanted to play or perhaps she smelt one of the cubs on me from earlier on and just bit into my arm.
"She ripped into it as well with her claw and I screamed and I think she got afraid and so did I and then a guy on the game drive came to my rescue and punched her on the nose as I was being dragged in," he said.