Terrifying footage captures the moment a circus lioness lunges at a four-year-old girl in the middle of its act.
The horrifying video shows how the animal suddenly broke off from performing before it reportedly mauled the helpless child in Russia.
One account claimed the lion sank its teeth into the victim's head.
The young girl, named as Ksenia, is in intensive care with serious face and chest injuries.
She survived the incident but doctors say she will be “scarred for life” and a medic says she has been left with a bite mark on her face spanning from her ear to her chin.