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A “Pastor” Caged Himself Into a Lion Enclosure to Prove “Nothing Can Happen to a Man of God”

A “Pastor” Caged Himself Into a Lion Enclosure to Prove “Nothing Can Happen to a Man of God”

A self-proclaimed “holy man” decided to put his “divine protection” to the test in a wild modern-day reenactment of the biblical tale of Daniel.

With a bright blue suit as his armor and seemingly unshakable faith as his shield, the man locked himself in a cage with three lions to prove that “nothing can happen to a man of God.”

The act included the “pastor” extending a friendly hand (literally) into one of the lion’s mouths and stroking the growling lions in their enclosure in “Nigeria.”


Videos of the man in the enclosure spread like wildfire, and it wasn’t long before Kenyan parliament member Ronald Karauri offered to fund an all-expenses-paid trip for “the pastor” to the Maasai Mara National Reserve to reenact the stunt with wild lions.

we keep using quotes because this tale took an unexpected turn when the BBC revealed the “modern-day Daniel” was, in fact, a zookeeper, and not a pastor. And the stunt didn’t happen in Nigeria, but Somalia.

As it turns out, Mohamed Abdirahman Mohamed has been a zookeeper in Mogadishu, Somalia for over eight years, with a knack for theatrics and a history of close encounters with lions, as revealed by other videos dating as far back as March of this year.

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