LION KILLS TOURIST IN SOUTH AFRICA PARK
LION KILLS TOURIST IN SOUTH AFRICA WiLDLIFE PARK
TUESDAY 2ND JUNE 2015
A 22-year-old American tourist was tragically mauled to death on Monday 1st June.
The incident occurred as a lion at Lion Park situated in the outskirts of Johannesburg jumped into her car through an open window. She was in the car with her travel companion, a South African. He fortunately survived the attack, but sustained injuries and has since been taken to a local hospital.
A day after the incident, the wildlife park has said it is still open for business “as usual” and the animal involved will not be put down.
Scott Simpson, assistant manager of the park, said that visitors on Tuesday had raised no concerns about the incident just one day earlier, and that the centre was “operating as usual”.
“The park is not closed and it is not closing,” he said. “We have closed off where the incident happened, so those lions won't be seeing the public until we have had an investigation and we know what exactly happened.”
Police have reportedly seized the tourist’s camera, saying she is believed to have photographed the lioness in the moments before it attacked her.
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