A 36-year-old model was seriously injured by a leopard during a photoshoot in Germany on Tuesday. Female – Identified as Jessica Lidolph by a local news outlet build In an animal shelter in East Germany, two leopards had entered the enclosure. The owner of the property reportedly runs a retirement home for show animals.
Ms Lidolph had voluntarily entered private property in the enclosure of Leopard, Troy and Paris, in Nebra in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, when she was attacked. “This [the leopard] was constantly biting my cheeks, my ears, my head,” she told Bild.
Ms Lidolph was taken to hospital by helicopter. It is not clear who arranged the photoshoot or who was filming Ms Lidolph, but police said she suffered serious head injuries, reports BBC. He had an operation that was successful, although he would still have the scars of the attack.
Jessica Lidolph describes herself as an animal lover on her website. He has a horse, a cat, a pigeon and a parrot.
“Local authorities are now investigating the attack,” said Steven Müller-Uhrig, spokesman for the Burgenland district, “but there is no threat to the population.”
Birgit Stach, 48, the owner of the retirement shelter, declined to comment. According to her website, she is an animal trainer who takes in prior advertising or shows animals. Two leopards were once featured in Panasonic commercials.
Laws in the state of Saxony-Anhalt allow people to keep big cats “under certain conditions”. The district is now investigating whether Ms Stach can still be allowed to keep her animals. “We are investigating the cause of attempted bodily harm,” police said.
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