Alec Ndiwane thought he was filled with the Holy Spirit when he decided to "challenge" lions at the Kruger National Park.
The Zion Christian Church Prophet was at the park with his fellow church members when, according to GhanaWeb, he went into a trance and began speaking in tongues. The group approached the pride of lions while they munched happily on an antelope, but that's when Ndiwane ran toward the lions.
Out To Africa lists humans as the major predator to lions, so it's no surprise that the lions took on the challenge. Once he realized what was happening, Ndiwane made an about-face and immediately ran away. Unfortunately, lions are fast and fierce animals and when one of the lions snapped her paws on him, Ndiwane sustained injuries to his buttocks.
The ranger fired his gun into the air to scare the lions off and rushed the prophet to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to ensure he didn't lose most of his buttocks.
“I do not know what came over me," Ndiwane confessed. "I thought the Lord wanted to use me to show his power over animals. Is it not we were given dominion over all creatures of the earth." He was eventually stitched up and discharged after spending the night in hospital.