Lion attacks tamer in Ukraine circus

October 5, 2010 11:20:23 PM PDT
In Ukraine, there was a scene more reminiscent of a gladiator contest than a circus.

One lion lunges at a tamer before a second joins in, latching onto the man's arm.

The lion tamer was knocked to the ground.

His fellow circus workers beat the beasts off with metal poles and a water cannon.

An American tourist shot the footage as kids were screaming from about 10 feet away.

Amazingly, the lion tamer appears to have suffered only an arm wound and is hospitalized in stable condition.