South African lion to be iso­lated af­ter killing US tourist

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

The lion that killed an Amer­i­can tourist at a pri­vately run game park out­side Jo­han­nes­burg will be moved to an iso­lated en­clo­sure but the venue will re­main open to the public, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

A 22-year-old Amer­i­can woman was killed on Mon­day when the lion leapt through her open car win­dow and mauled her to death at the Lion Park, north­west of South Africa’s big­gest city.

“The lion has been locked away in her night pen and we’ll be keep­ing the en­clo­sure where it hap­pened locked while we in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent,” Lion Park op­er­a­tions manager Scott Simp­son told AFP.

“The in­di­vid­ual lion will then be moved to a sep­a­rate fa­cil­ity that is not open to the public just to be pru­dent.”

A sec­ond pas­sen­ger, a lo­cal tour guide not af­fil­i­ated to the park, was taken to hos­pi­tal re­cov­er­ing from arm wounds af­ter try­ing to free the vic­tim from the lion’s jaws.

Po­lice have opened an in­quest into the attack.

The U.S. Em­bassy con­firmed an Amer­i­can was killed, but with­held her iden­tity.

“Out of re­spect for the wishes of the fam­ily, we are not pro­vid­ing any de­tails,” em­bassy spokesman Jack Hillmeyer said.

Signs through­out Lion Park, which guar­an­tees “su­per closeup an­i­mal views,” warn vis­i­tors to keep their car win­dows closed.

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