An American conservationist is recovering in hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, after being savaged by a lion.
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REPORTER: "Mr. Roethe, can you tell us what happened with this lion of yours?"
ROETHE: "Well, we had been told by the Mossi tribe in that area the night before that there were ten lions that were bothering them quite a bit, and they pointed out this area that they were in. So, the next morning, we got over there just about daybreak and we were driving in and around the bush and all of a sudden we spotted eight or ten females. And then all of a sudden the big male walked out. When he saw us he laid down in the grass and that was the mistake we made. We shouldn't have shot until he stood up, because all we could see in the high grass was the top of his mane, and we grazed him on the top and wounded him. So then we wont across. He was bleeding pretty badly. We didn't know how badly he was hit. We hit him, but it looked like we had hit him very much worse than we really did. We tracked him for five hours till noon and five times we came upon him and each time he was able to elude us in the heavy bush, and each time he ran away from us.
But about 12 o'clock we decided to go back to the car because my daughter was leaving us then and we'd just taken about three or four steps when he got me from about 20 feet away. The full blast kept coming at me, and I had a 460 Retta with me and I shot once, but he was only about six or eight feet from me when I shot and I got my foot in his mouth which kept him from chewing but wheat was bad as that he got me round the neck. And then Mr. Hassleman, the professional hunter, finished him off, but he tore me up pretty bad in the right leg and he broke my leg in two places in my right leg and he broke my foot in the left leg. But I was very fortunate in that I only had puncture wounds in all my legs and he didn't get me at all in the abdomen or the chest or the face. So I was really fortunate in some ways."
NAIROBI HOSPITAL MR. ROETHE IN BED: INTERVIEW WITH MR. ROETHE.
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Background: An American conservationist is recovering in hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, after being savaged by a lion. He is Mr. Leo Rosthe, who's the President of the Organisation of American First Shooters - a group which believes that limited cropping of animals is the best means of conservation.
Mr. Roeths wounded a male lion early on Saturday (18 August) morning. He tracked the lion for five hours before he found it - and the lion pounced. Mr. Roethe's right leg was broken in two places, his left foot was ripped and so was his hand. The lion was shot dead by a professional hunter.
Mr. Roethe was touring Kenya with other members of the organisation. Earlier in the trip he had presented a plaque signed by President Nixon to the Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta for his conservation efforts.