"Witnessed a crappy accident today that injured a lion today at the zoo," attendee Brandon Geer, who recorded the video above, wrote on YouTube. "Part of his tail is gone, blood puddling."
The zoo later issued a statement regarding the incident, seeming to downplay the severity of what had happened to Zawadi.
"He lost the tip of his tail just above the tuft," zoo veterinarian Tim Storms said in a release. "For a 450-pound lion, that's a relatively small injury, but we are treating it seriously. After a brief medical procedure he is recovering well. We expect him to heal without any complications."