A South African lion mauled an American tourist and her companion in their car at a privately run game reserve outside Johannesburg.
One 22-year-old woman was mauled to death as the lion jumped through the car’s open window; another suffered serious injuries in his attempt to save the victim. The victims were seen on Monday driving through the park, northwest of Johannesburg, with with their car windows open.
Operations manager of The Lion Park venue, Scott Simpson, told Talk Radio 702, “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.”
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The incident is the latest in a series of attacks at the park, which is popular with both locals and foreigners.
In March, an Australian tourist was injured by a lioness after driving through the park with his car windows open.
Two days later, a 13-year-old from a nearby slum was attacked by a cheetah while riding a bicycle through the grounds.
In December 2013, a former South African franchise rugby player Brett Tucker and his family were attacked by a lion at the same park, with his father reportedly suffering minor injuries.
The park has more than 85 lions, including rare white lions, and a variety of other animals, including giraffes and ostriches.
According to its website, Lion Park guarantees “super close-up animal views” but it does order visitors to keep their car windows shut.
The park has previously come under fire for allowing visitors to pet lion cubs.
It was also recently accused of breeding lions for “canned hunting”, a charge it refutes.