A defenceless horse was brutally mauled in the middle of a circus ring by a captive lion AND tiger.
The show horse was performing inside the ring when, out of nowhere, the two big beasts pounced.
Circus bosses said they had a daring plan for the big cats to ride on the back of the horse and were rehearsing the risky trick when the two animals attacked.
The horrific incident happened inside a tent belonging to the Chinese "Taiyang" circus .
According to a Taiyang Circus spokesman surnamed Xu, it happened "half a month ago".