2 Jun 2015

Tourist killed by lion in South Africa

6:22 am on 2 June 2015

An American tourist has been killed in a lion attack at a game park in South Africa.

The woman and another American tourist were travelling through the park, northeast of Johannesburg, when a lioness jumped through the window and started mauling the woman, a park official said.

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

The popular Lion Park is 30km north of Johannesburg. The park's location makes it an easy destination for many tourists who are in town for a short time attending a conference or business meetings.

The lions are kept in large fenced-off enclosures which visitors can drive through themselves.

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

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

Local media are reporting that the woman's death marks the third incident in the past four months at 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 Natalie Portman, as well as the German football team before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.