Tourist killed in SA lion attack

A tourist believed to be from the United States has been killed in a lion attack at a game park in South Africa, a park official has told the BBC.

The lioness jumped through the open window of the couple’s car and started mauling the woman, assistant park manager Scott Simpson said.

Paramedics were called to the scene but she died from her injuries, while the man is still receiving treatment.

The popular Lion Park is 30km (19 miles) north of Johannesburg.

The park’s rules forbid visitors from driving through the lion enclosure with their windows down, reports the BBC’s Milton Nkosi from Johannesburg.

Park rangers chased the lioness away after the attack, and it is not clear whether the animal will now have to be put down, our correspondent adds.

Local media are reporting that the woman’s death marks the third incident in the past four months at the park.

The official South African tourism website describes the park as a “hybrid between a zoo and a game reserve”, while the Lion Park’s website says “super close-up animal views” are guaranteed. Cheetahs, hyenas and giraffe are also in the park.

The Lion Park is one of the region’s most popular destinations, attracting tourists from around the world.

Previous high-profile visitors have reportedly included Colombian singer Shakira, Hollywood actress Nathalie Portman, as well as the entire German football team before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. –BBC

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