A drunk teenager jumped into the lion enclosure at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Park on Friday but was saved as the napping beats gave alert security guards time to pull him out.
According to a zoo guard, they saw the youth, identified as 17-year-old Rahul, sitting near the enclosure for lions around 5.30 pm.
A few minutes later, he moved further closer. Then he began clambering up the enclosure grille after crossing the hedges.
"He kept shouting that today either he will kill the lion or the lion will kill him," said a zoo guard.
He quickly plunged himself into the first of the eight moats dug around enclosure as fortification. As he was clawing into the second moat, the guards raced into the enclosure and plucked him out to safety.
The teenager, who was drunk, was later handed over to the police said the zoo in-charge, Dr Uttam Yadav .
Yadav said: "Guards narrated to me the whole incident and on the basis of this, we handed him over to police.”
Two lions caged in the enclosure were in deep sleep when the youth was closing in on them in drunken bravado. If they had been awake, it would have been a repeat of Delhi zoo-like incident, said a guard.
Last year in September, a 20-year-old youth was snapped to death by a majestic white tiger after the man jumped into its enclosure in the Delhi zoo.