Brooke Shields was once mauled by a lion

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Today, a celebration of literally strong Hollywood women, specifically Brooke Shields, who was once mauled by a lion. At a special screening of The Jungle Book on Thursday night, hosted by the Cinema Society, the model and actress told the Cut about the encounter.

Shields said she lived in Africa for four months while shooting the 1992 movie Running Wild. But one visit with the lion she was working with turned sour.

"I had raised her since she was a cub. And literally she ran after me. She was just trying to send me a warning, but she knocked me to the ground, bit my butt, and then got off."

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NEW YORK, NY – FEB 24: Liam Neeson and Brooke Shields attends the Premiere of ‘Under Suspicion’ at the Loews Fine Arts Theater on February 24, 1992 in New York City. (Photo by Raoul Gatchalian/IMAGES /Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 01: Liam Neeson and Brooke Shields (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - 1992: Actor Liam Neeson with actress Brooke Shields. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 9: Actor Dean Cain and actress Brooke Shields attend the National Conference of Christians And Jews' 32nd Annual Humanitarian Award Salute to Robert Iger on November 9, 1995 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 9: Actor Dean Cain and actress Brooke Shields attend the National Conference of Christians And Jews' 32nd Annual Humanitarian Award Salute to Robert Iger on November 9, 1995 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNDATED FILE PHOTO: Andre Agassi and Brooke Shields. (Photo by Diane Freed)
347493 01: Tennis Player Andre Agassi Stands With His Girlfriend Brooke Shields April 1997 In California. Agassi Made His Presence Known In 1987 In The Semifinals In Stratton Mountain And Went On To Win Many Titles Including Four Grand Slams Victories. (Photo By John Russell/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS - FEBRUARY 24: Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson attend the 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards after party at Jimmy's Restaurant on February 24, 1993 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Graniz/WireImage)
VARIOUS, VARIOUS - JUNE 25: Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields attend the 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on February 24, 1993 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
AGOURA HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 9: Actress Brooke Shields and boyfriend Chris Henchy attend the Fourth Annual Expedition Inspiration Take-A-Hike and Cross-Country-Fun-Run for Breast Cancer Research on October 9, 1999 at Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Dean Cain and Brooke Shields (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Brooke Shields attends the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Actress Brooke Shields, right, and her husband Chris Henchy, left, sit courtside at the NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Actress Brooke Shields, right, and her husband Chris Henchy, left, react to a play as they sit courtside at the NBA basketball game between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
Actress Brooke Sheilds attends a screening of "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" hosted by DreamWorks Animation with 20th Century Fox, on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actress Brooke Shields attends the TAO New York Downtown Opening Party on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Actress Brooke Shields and husband, professional tennis player Andre Agassi, cutting cake at their wedding reception. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 19: Actress Brooke Shields and tennis player Andre Agassi attend the 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 19, 1997 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
FRIENDS -- 'The One After the Superbowl' (Part 1) Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Brooke Shields as Erika Ford, Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani (Photo by Brian D. McLaughlin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRIENDS -- 'The One After the Superbowl' (Part 1) Episode 12 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt LeBlanc as Joey Tribbiani, Brooke Shields as Erika Ford (Photo by Brian D. McLaughlin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Andre Agassi & Brooke Shields (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Actress Brooke Shields and husband, professional tennis player Andre Agassi, drinking champagne at their wedding reception. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
387256 12: Actress Brooke Shields with writer/producer boyfriend Chris Henchy get ready to ride Goliath, a roller coaster, at Six Flags Magic Mountain March 29, 2001 in Valencia, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
NEW YORK CITY - APRIL 2: Actress Brooke Shields and boyfriend Chris Henchy attend the 11th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on April 2, 2000 at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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"I was walking away from the lion ... but you don't really do that," she said. "She leapt on the back of me and put both of her big paws around my shoulders. Thank god I had a backpack on, but she actually went underneath my backpack and chose the prime cut of beef and took a chunk out of – not a chunk, it didn't bleed. She bit my butt. She did not want me hanging around her."

Lesson learned: Even an armory of 1,200 blow dryers can't save Brooke Shields. Also: Brooke Shields raises lion cubs??
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