US Tourist Killed By Lion In South African Park

US Tourist Killed By Lion In South African Park
Lion Park Safari Krugersdorp South Africa-531 Meraj Chhaya / Flickr CC BY 2.0
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An American woman died after being attacked by a lion at the Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa. According to various local reports, the woman was with a man, and the pair were apparently driving around the park with their car windows open.


Lion jumps over the woman and attacks

One of the lions housed in the open camp jumped over and bit the woman, Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager of Lion Park told local media. He said witnesses were saying that the woman and her companion were touring the lion camp with their car’s window rolled all the way down.

“Our staff working at the top of the camp tried to get the lion away from the car. Ambulances were called immediately but it was too late,” Simpson said.

Simpson highlighted that the management could not be any more than clear with its warning to tourists against leaving their windows open inside the wild park premises.

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“We make it so clear. We put signage up everywhere that people must keep their windows closed. We hand them a slip of paper when they enter the park, I really don’t understand why people think it’s okay to leave windows open,” he said.

The U.S. Embassy in Johannesburg acknowledged that it has received information involving a U.S. citizen being killed at the Lion Park. The embassy said it has prepared all necessary assistance.

“Guaranteed super close-up views”

The Lion Park boasts that there is nowhere tourists can get closer “to a pride of Lions and other animals and still be completely safe.” However, tourists proved that they can be more than daredevils.

In March, an Australian tourist was also attacked by a lion. Luckily he was able to survive the attack. He admitted driving around the camp with his car windows open.

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