A female American citizen is reported to have died in the Johannesburg Lion Park following a lion attack.
So far, the name of the American citizen has not been released for publicity, yet numerous accounts are signaling the same happening.
The United States Embassy located in Johannesburg has received the news from officials of the Lion Park. Scott Simpson, operations manager in the Lion Park also confirmed the gruesome news.
It seems that the woman was accompanied by another person in their car trip across the park, enjoying the adventure. However, they might have failed to strictly uphold the safety policy of the park and left the windows of the cars open.
It was reported that a lion managed to get in, drag the woman out of the car and injure the driver who tried to push it away.
The woman who seems to have been in her 40s was severely injured. Witnesses immediately called the emergency services, hoping to save the woman’s life. Unfortunately, by the time they arrived, the victim had already passed at approximately 2:30 PM.
Mr. Simpson declared that:
“They had their windows all the way down, which is strictly against policy. The lion bit the lady through the window. Unfortunately, she did pass away”.
Following the incident the lion that provoked the woman’s death is now found in an enclosure. That is not to say that such incidents are of common place in the Lion Park.
Furthermore, venturing against the safety recommendations of the park, which are visibly attached everywhere around the area may lead to unintended consequences.
The United States Embassy that has been announced of the incident is ready to offer all needed assistance for repatriation of the body and other legal matters that need to be taken into account.
The South Africa Lion Park is a renowned tourist destination looking to take a glance at wildlife from the comfort of their cars. Lion cubs may be petted by visitors in specially arranged enclosures, yet some safety measures are recommended otherwise.
Earlier in 2015 it was reported that another Australian tourist this time was attacked by a lion while also driving with lowered windows. He was lucky enough and simply got a few scratches and a video to brag with on social media.
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