Last Update 17:6
Monday, 21 October 2019

Lion turns on trainer at Tanta circus

A video of incident has gone viral on social media in Egypt

Ahram Online , Friday 6 Feb 2015
Faten El-Helw
Lion trainer and circus Faten El-Helw in an old promotional photo with one of her lion (Photo:The Egyptian European Circus Facebook Page)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 12704
Share/Bookmark
Views: 12704

A lion attacked its trainer during a circus performance in the city of Tanta, in the Nile delta, late on Thursday. A video of the incident went viral on social media on Friday. 

In the video clip, renowned lion trainer and circus owner Faten El-Helw is waving to her audience at the Egyptian-European Circus, when one of her lions suddenly springs on her. “Bushart Kheir”, a popular nationalist song associated with the 2013 presidential elections, is playing in the background.  

At the end of the video, a man accompanies her off stage. She is walking.

Other trainers and circus security guards saved her, before she was transferred to hospital, where her condition is currently stable, according to the Ahram Arabic news website. 

El-Helw's late husband, lion trainer and circus owner Ibrahim El-Helw, died from his injuries after one of his lions attacked him in 2004. 

El-Helw comes from a long line of lion trainers and circus owners. Mohamed Ali El-Helw founded the family’s first circus in 1889 under the Khedive Ismail. In the early 1950s, they founded another circus that was then nationalised in the 1960s.

The troupe at their latest circus, the Egyptian-European Circus, has been performing to audiences all over Egypt since the mid-1990s.  

Over the years, there have been at least five reported incidents of family members being attacked by their own lions.

Most famously, prominent lion trainer Mohamed El-Helw also died, after he tried to break up a fight between two lions during mating season and one of them attacked him during a show at Egypt’s National Circus in the 1980s. After the trainer’s death, the lion then died after it started to refuse to eat, his son told local media.   

Mohamed El-Helw appeared in 1973 film Looking for a Scandal, alongside Adel Iman and Samir Sabry.            

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
2



Michael Dixon
07-02-2015 05:06pm
0-
1+
Trainer need investigated
From the looks of loin when being cleared from the cage crowered when the man put the stick to the face. (Hummmmm are those cats being beat as part of their traning?) please investigate!!!!!
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
1



Abu Elezz
07-02-2015 04:21pm
0-
0+
Brave Family
Our hearts with Mrs.Faten ,wishing her a speedy recovery .
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.