An American tourist fatally mauled by a lion in a South African safari park on Monday ignored posted warnings and took pictures of the animal through an open car window right up to the moment she was killed!
“The dead lady’s camera was taken by police as evidence, as she was photographing the lioness through an open window up until the moment the lion attacked the vehicle,” operations manager at Lion Park, Scott Simpson, told the Daily Mail.
The incident took place at the Lion Park conservation enclosure outside Johannesburg.
Witnesses to the attack also turned over their cameras to police, but will likely never forget the images of the 22-year-old woman being savaged by the wild animal.
Onlookers who could do little to help said the victim’s car had its windows down the whole time while inside the park, according to the Daily Mail.
“They saw the guests taking pictures of the lion from a meter away, then the lion lunged at the car and bit the lady through the window,” Simpson said.
The victim’s tour guide tried unsuccessfully to rescue her from the lion’s grip and is being treated for serious injuries to his arm.
The U.S. embassy confirmed the victim to be an American citizen and is withholding her identity as family members are notified.
The woman’s death was the third big cat attack in four months for Lion Park, which touts “super close-up views” of the animals, according the Daily Mail.
“We had signage up everywhere informing people to keep their windows closed,” Simpson said.
“We hand out fliers as they are driving in reminding them to keep their windows closed. We really do everything we can to make sure that people know that.
“I really don’t understand why people think it’s OK to leave windows open,” he said.
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