South Africa: American tourist killed by lioness, probe underway

Published on : Wednesday, June 3, 2015

American tourist killed by lionessAn internal investigation into the death of an American tourist at a lion park in South Africa’s Gauteng Province is underway and the management says it will decide after the investigation whether or not to remove the animal.


The lion park remains a popular tourist destination despite the horrifying incident in which the woman was attacked and killed by a lioness at the Lion Park, near Lanseria, about 35 kilometers north of here, on Monday afternoon.


However, it seems like the tourist’s death has done little to dissuade those wanting to get close to nature as the numbers increased at the Lion Park.


Lion Park Assistant Manager Scott Simpson said Tuesday: “We will certainly not be destroying the lion’s existence, the other option is to move it across to another facility we have about 15 km away, this new facility where it will be moved to is not a public facility. That’s where we keep the extra animals we have.”


The United State Embassy in South Africa is in touch with the family of the deceased woman.


Meanwhile, the man who was also injured, believed to be a tour guide, is recovering at a local hospital.

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