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A Mormon missionary has been badly mauled by two lions in a zoo after straying too close to their cage.

Elder Paul Oakley, from Saint George, Utah, was visiting a zoo in Guatemala with other missionaries during a day away from preaching............................

.......................The missionary underwent five hours of emergency surgery on Monday after sustaining serious injuries to his arm and leg.

Mr Allen said he had been able to call home to give his family an update on his condition and had been joking about the Bible story of Daniel in the lion's den.

But he faces being moved to a state-of-the-art hospital in Guatemala City for further surgery after problems with blood pressure in his arm and leg.

He told ABC News: 'Regardless of his poor judgement in this case, he's energetic, he's healthy, he's strong, he's in good spirits and it's just another adventure for him.'

Mr Oakley had been serving in the Guatemala City South Mission before visiting the local zoo

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The sister missionaries were praying, and the lions let go just as they said "Amen." (Elder Oakley's father said sometimes shorter prayers are better prayers ...) The first thing Elder Oakley asked after they got him out was whether anyone got pix ... :D

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