I reported (here) yesterday that an American woman was dragged from her SUV at Gauteng Lion Park by a Lioness and mauled to death. She has been identified by the authorities as a 29 year old film editor - Katherine Chappell from Rye, New York. She was taking pictures of the lioness through an open window (contrary to park rules) of her white SUV when the animal pounced on the window and dragged her out of the SUV. Her South African travelling companion - 66 year old Colin Potgieter who was in the car with her went to her aid but was unable to drag the lioness of Katherine. He survived with minor injuries and is currently being attended to in hospital. Katherine was bleeding profusely from her neck and died before medical aid could be administered.
|Katherine prior to her death|
Jennifer Chappell - Katherine's sister posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook.
"We are broken-hearted to share this news with our friends and family: Yesterday morning, while on a volunteer mission to protect wildlife in South Africa, Kate Chappell was involved in a tragic and fatal accident. Katie was a brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman. Her energy and passion could not be contained by mere continents or oceans. She was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met. We cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words and support. It means the world to us during this difficult time."
Investigations into the attack are still ongoing and the park officials released a statement stating that the predators in the park are dangerous and the rules (regarding open windows amongst other rules) are there for visitors safety.