Lion destroys pro wrestlers in tug-of-war contest

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Three World Wrestling Entertainment stars finally met their match.

In a trip to the San Antonio Zoo last month, the three wrestlers — Fabian Aichner, Killian Dain and Ricochet — took on an unlikely opponent in a tug-of-war contest: Axelle the lioness.

A video has gone viral of the three muscle men struggling to overpower the big cat in front of a large crowd of zoo-goers.

“She’s not moving,” Ricochet said, as he gave up trying to get the 250-pound lion to budge.

The tug-of-war attraction was implemented in 2016 with the purpose of recreating these animals’ natural environments.

But the public seems to be enjoying the activity more than the animals.

“You’ve got these three huge men and they’re barely budging, they’re barely able to pull on this,” San Antonio Zoo Director of Public Relations Chuck Cureau said, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “It just demonstrates the power these wild animals have. They may be trained but they’re certainly not tamed, and people underestimate the power of these animals.”

WWE alerted the zoo staff that professional wrestlers would be paying a visit on May 19 resulting in an itinerary of feeding giraffes, time with a rhinoceros, as well as the battle with Axelle.

Cureau looked at the video going viral as an opportunity to educate the public about animals, their needs and how to help them.



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