Lion fatally mauls circus trainer while audience screams

The lion (YouTube)
The lion (YouTube)

A horrific video shows the moment a circus lion fatally mauled its trainer in front of an audience in Egypt.

Alexandria trainer Islam Shaheen, 35, was inside the enclosure with three lions. Parents and children watched while he ordered the big cats around.

But suddenly one of the lions brutally attacked Mr Shaheen, dragging him to the ground while mauling his neck.

Children screamed in panic while other trainers rushed to try and help him - but it was too late.

The lion has been withdrawn from future performances while a vet examines it.