An Australian tourist had a brush with the jaws of death when he was mauled by a lion during a safari tour in Africa.
Brendan Smith, from Perth, Western Australia, was attacked when the fearsome creature jumped through an open car window as he holidayed in Johannesburg.
Recalling the attack in a Facebook post, Mr Smith explained that he had only been in South Africa for 36 hours when the incident occurred.
He wrote: ‘No later than 36 hours after touching down in Africa I find myself in hospital after a lion jumped through the car window and decided to go to town on my legs.
‘Pretty full-on but am alive, with insurance coming to the party and an influx of curious Africans wanting to see “the lion man”.
‘Could have and should have been a lot worse but chicks dig scars so I’ll be sweet!’
He was treated at Johannesburg’s Fourways Life Hospital, but graphic photos uploaded to his Facebook page showed the brutal extent of the injuries.
In one of the pictures, teeth puncture marks appear to have broken through Mr Smith’s skin.
And in other Facebook photos of his travels, the avid adventurer can be seen eating scorpions and diving through fire hoops.
His dad, Brian Smith, said he was glad that his son’s injuries were not more serious.
‘So glad it’s not worse. Very lucky lad. You will be in pain for weeks’, he wrote on social media.
‘’I think u should cut your losses and get on the next plane home after hospital. Take care.’
Friends also sent messages for the injured adventurer, with one describing him as a ‘lucky son of a b***h’
‘You are one lucky son of a bitch-sort of-. Hope you’re on the mend dude and can enjoy the rest of your trip’, wrote one friend.
Before the attack, Mr Smith had planned to go on a shark dive in the fishing town of Gaansbai, but it remains to be seen whether this will go ahead, as he is still in hospital.