17-Year-Old Hits Lion to Stop Attack on Brother
GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) _ A 17-year-old stopped a lion’s attack on his 16-year-old brother by hitting it several times, authorities said Tuesday. The animal was later shot to death.
The lion had broken loose from a cage at a farm near Georgetown, 40 miles southeast of Cincinnati.
Lee Kimberly was attacked Monday in a field about a mile from the farm as he walked with his brother Ron and two friends, the sheriff’s department said.
The lion retreated after Ron struck it several times, allowing the boys to flee.
Sheriff Windell Crawford said the lion was shot to death after attempts to subdue it failed.
Lee, who was bitten around the face, was in fair condition at University of Cincinnati Hospital.
″He was tore up. He was a heck of a mess,″ said the boys’ father, also named Ron. ″He said he wanted to move. It’s going to affect him.″
Authorities did not know how the male lion escaped. Its remains were being tested for rabies.
The sheriff’s department would not release the name of the owner.