The harrowing moments an Egyptian circus worker was attacked by a lion during a live show was caught on camera by a member of the shocked crowd.

Lion tamer Islam Shaheen died on Monday, two days after he sustained serious injuries while performing tricks with the large jungle cat.


According to Al Arabiya, the 35 year old had worked in the circus industry for 10 years and was killed by a 200kg South African lion, a recent addition to the show.

Video of the incident, witnessed by up to 200 people in Alexandria, shows Shaheen and a colleague prompting the lions to jump and climb ladders to loud music.