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Utah Mormon missionary attacked by lions in Guatemala

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was attacked by two lions while visiting a zoo in Guatemala, according to a church spokesman.

Church spokesman Scott Trotter said Elder Paul Oakey from Saint George was visiting the the zoo with other missionaries during a preparation day outing when he got too close to the lion cage.

ABC 4 News spoke with Oakey's stepfather Jonathan Allen, who said Elder Oakey was standing on a concrete fence that he thought was the same height on the inside of the cage as the outside. It turns out the floor of the cage was higher that Oakey thought, and he was standing within grasp of the big cats.

Allen said as Paul stood with his back to the lions, one of them crept up and grabbed his right leg, pulli


Added: Jul-13-2011 Occurred On: Jul-12-2011
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Tags: Utah, Mormon, attack, lions, Guatemala, missionary, zoo
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States (load item map)
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