Police probe JHB Lion Park attack
It’s understood a lioness jumped through the window and attacked a woman in the passenger’s seat.
JOHANNESBURG - Police say they're now taking statements from people who witnessed the deadly attack at The Lion Park near Lanseria.
An American woman and a tour guide were travelling in a vehicle on Monday with their windows apparently open.
It's understood a lioness jumped through the window and attacked the woman in the passenger's seat.
The driver is recovering in hospital after sustaining injuries to his arms while trying to save her.
The police's Lungelo Dlamini said, "An inquest docket is being investigated. Police are taking statements from relevant witnesses in the matter."
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CONDOLENCES FROM US EMBASSY
The US Embassy has sent condolences to the family and friends of the American tourist who was mauled to death at the Lion Park.
The embassy said out of respect for the privacy of the family, it will not be releasing the identity of the woman just yet.
It said it was working with the Consulate General in Johannesburg to provide help for the family.
The park's Scott Simpson said they were operating normally on Tuesday.
"The enclosure where the incident took place is obviously closed off from the public. But our remaining lion enclosures are still open and we are operating."
The Lion Park has also sent its condolences to the family of the American woman.
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LION WON'T BE PUT DOWN
Management at The Lion Park said they did everything they could to save the woman's life and that the lioness will not be put down.
Simpson said, "Our staff rushed over immediately. They were there very quickly, and chased the lion away. We called ambulances straight away and they were here very quickly as well."
Simpson has urged people visiting the premises to abide by safety regulations which clearly state that vehicle windows be closed at all times.
"We do have a piece of paper at the gate saying please keep your windows up, but they did have them down."