Lioness kills US tourist in Honeydew
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – A lioness has mauled an American tourist to death at a lion park in Honeydew.
The incident happened on Monday afternoon at the park some 40 kilometres north of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Eyewitnesses told CAJ News Africa the woman (name supplied) was travelling in a vehicle in the company of a tour guide with the windows rolled down.
Officials said the woman misjudged the speed of the coming lioness as she took pictures.
Honeydew Lion Park Assistant Operations Manager, Scott Simpson, confirmed the tragic incident.
“We had a gentleman and a lady driving with the windows wide open. The lion came through the passenger side window and attacked her. The man sustained slight injuries trying to fight her (lioness) off,” Simpson said.
He said members of the park rushed to rescue the victim before telephoning the paramedics to attend to her.
However, the woman died under attention of paramedics.
Eyewitness, Lethabo Mojaji, said the lioness speeded towards the vehicle occupied by the victim and the injured man.
“The lioness grabbed the woman’s hand as she was busy taking the photos. It happened so fast,” said Mojaji.
The parks officials indicated the tourists did not heed warning signs before and inside the park urging visitors to close windows while driving.
“The deceased flouted one of those rules. We are really sorry about her death. We reiterate our position to tourists to heed warning signs so as to avoid being hurt or killed.
“There are signs advising tourists to close windows whenever they arrive here, but the deceased woman violated that rule,” one official, who spoke to CAJ News on condition of anonymity, said.
– CAJ News
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