An American woman has been mauled to death after a lion at the Lion Park they were visiting attacked her through the open window in the car.
The park, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, does have rules against driving through the lion enclosure with windows down, but the woman and her fellow American tourist did not take heed of the guidelines and ended up paying the ultimate price.
Scott Simpson, operations manager of the privately run Lion Park, claimed:
There was a car driving to the lion camp and the lion did come through the window and bite the lady. The ambulance arrived quite soon but the lady had passed away.
A second tourist also got injured after trying to help the woman, and this is the third incident in the last four months according to reports in South Africa, with question over the lioness’ future and if she will be put down now being asked.
The Lion Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region and guarantees ‘super close-up animal views’ according to the official website, with visitors around the world visiting the park.