Lion trainer Oleksiy Pinko puts his head into a lion’s mouth during a performance at the National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine, on June 1. The famous artist, who has trained seven lions, knows he is taking risks. One of his daring tricks almost turned deadly when a lion attacked him during a performance in 2010, Ukrainian media reported. The circus was evacuated & Pinko rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. Pinko later said he believed the lion was jealous of the trainer’s interactions with another animal.

Lion trainer Oleksiy Pinko puts his head into a lion’s mouth during a performance at the National Circus in Kiev, Ukraine, on June 1. The famous artist, who has trained seven lions, knows he is taking risks. One of his daring tricks almost turned deadly when a lion attacked him during a performance in 2010, Ukrainian media reported. The circus was evacuated & Pinko rushed to a hospital with serious injuries. Pinko later said he believed the lion was jealous of the trainer’s interactions with another animal.