Woman fights off lion with machete

August 6, 2008 5:15:12 AM PDT
A Mexican woman says she fought a 500-pound lion with a machete near the resort city of Acapulco and scared him away.

Celsa Aleman says she and her 7-year-old niece were riding a donkey along a road when the lion went after the donkey's legs.

The 35-year-old woman says she found the courage to fight the lion because she thought it would attack her niece.

She hit the animal with a machete until the beast ran away.

Aleman and her niece were unharmed.

The state government says the lion had escaped from a private zoo.

It killed two dogs and ate a pig before it was sedated and taken back to the zoo.