Cape Town - After a US woman was attacked and mauled to death by a lion at the Lion Park just outside Johannesburg on Monday, people took to Twitter to express their shock. Another passenger was seriously injured in the incident.
Most people seemed to be dismayed about the fact that the tourists had allegedly been driving with their windows down, which is very clearly against the park's safety regulations.
Here are a few of the reactions:
This fatal attack comes almost exactly two months after an Australian tourist was bitten in the thigh. Shortly after the incident he admitted that he had been in the wrong for driving through the park with his windows down.
He was rushed to hospital immediately and released a few days later.
All visitors are also given a pamphlet with all the park rules on when entering the premises. It clearly states that all windows should be at least 60% closed when driving through predator camps. It is further stipulated that lion, cheetah, wild dog, hippo, rhino and crocodile are dangerous and unpredictable.
The Lion Park, located in Honeydew just outside Johannesburg has been steeped in controversy recently, as a young boy was also attacked by a cheetah in April. The boy, from a nearby community, survived the attack and only sustained minor injuries. The park covered all medical costs.
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