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Woman killed by lion at ‘lion whisperer’ facility

Kevin Richardson with lions

Kevin Richardson with lions in the wildlife sanctuary © WikiCommons/Speakers Inc/Kevin Richardson

Sourced from third-party site: Pretoria East Rekord

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A woman visiting the Kevin Richardson’s Wildlife Sanctuary on Tuesday was mauled to death by a lion.

Cullinan police spokesperson, Constable Connie Moganedi said the 22-year-old woman was at the reserve with a friend when she was attacked.

Moganedi said the pair were walking to their car when a lioness attacked from behind.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Nick Dollman earlier said paramedics were called to the Hammanskraal game lodge at 11:05 to attend to the victim.

“When Netcare 911 paramedics arrived at the scene bystanders had initiated CPR. Tragically the victim had sustained injuries so severe she died at the scene.”

Owner of nearby Dinokeng Nature reserve confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the attack took place at the renowned conservationist and ‘lion whisperer’ Kevin Richardson’s wildlife sanctuary.

The sanctuary is located on the Welgedacht Private Game Reserve outside Pretoria.

Rekord contacted Mandy Richardson on Tuesday afternoon who declined to comment. Richardson did not confirm nor deny the incident.

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