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EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: SABC News

Animal lovers have been warned to follow the rules when visiting parks and game farms. This after an American woman was killed by a lioness at Lion Park in Honeydew, north west of Johannesburg.

A police van arrives at the Lion Park where an American tourist was killed by a lioness on June 1 near Johannesburg, South Africa
A police van arrives at the Lion Park where an American tourist was killed by a lioness on June 1 near Johannesburg, South Africa
A 22-year-old American woman died after being dragged out of her SUV (pictured) while on safari on Monday in Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa
A 22-year-old American woman died after being dragged out of an SUV (pictured) while on safari on Monday in Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa

It’s believed the woman had the window of the car she was travelling in rolled down while taking pictures.

Warning: The manager of the lion park said he doesn't understand why people leave their windows open despite warnings dotted around the compound (pictured)
Warning: The manager of the lion park said he doesn’t understand why people leave their windows open despite warnings dotted around the compound (pictured)

Field Guide Juluka Chauke says there are a number of reasons that could lead to lions attacking people, “As humans we all have zones where we feel comfortable. This is the same with lions. If a person pushes his luck too much with the lion, that’s where the attack will come. Then again there are many things that can cause lions to attack people depending on the state of the lion. Whether it has got cubs, hungry, injured or feeling very threatened. Depending on what we do.”

A rare white lion peers at a vehicle at the Lions Park near Johannesburg. The American woman's death was the third big cat attack in four months.
A rare white lion peers at a vehicle at the Lion Park near Johannesburg. The American woman’s death was the third big cat attack in four months.

“We won’t put the lion down, certainly not,” Lion Park operations manager, Scott Simpson, says. The lion is most likely to be sent to an enclosure not open to the public. “We do have another property about 15km from here,” Simpson saysn. “We have had the property for years and we have a large collection of animals there. We probably will end up sending the lion that side because there is no public there. She can live with the lions there. But we have to have a full investigation to find out the facts before we can make any decisions.”


To read more about Lion Parks in South Africa see: Lion King or Commodity

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