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Lion Kills American Woman in South Africa After Jumping Through Car Window

By    |   Tuesday, 02 June 2015 08:42 AM

A lion killed an American woman after mauling her at South Africa's Lion Park in Johannesburg recently.

According to Eyewitness News, the woman, in her 40s, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a tour guide. A lioness reportedly attacked through the vehicle's open windows, killing the woman and seriously injuring the driver, the South African news outlet reported.

Lion Park, in the South African domain of Gauteng, did not immediately return request for comment, but a spokesman confirmed the incident and the woman's death to the Mirror U.K.

"Our staff working at the top of the camp tried to get the lion away from the car. Ambulances were called immediately but it was too late," Lion Park’s assistant operations manager Scott Simpson said. “Emergency services arrived at the scene and tried to resuscitate the woman, but were unable to save her."

Simpson said the deadly mauling “is not a common occurrence.”

According to its website, the park guarantees visitors “super close-up animal views” and allows them to drive themselves around the park.

On its Facebook page the park describes itself as “neither a game reserve or a zoo,” however it is home “to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, and many other carnivores.”

"We have plenty of signage at the park, indicating that windows should always be closed while driving in the lion park. Brochures are handed out to all of the tourists who visit the park. I really don’t understand why people think it's okay to leave windows open," Simpson said.

According to the local media, three other mauling episodes have occurred at the park over the past year. Lions are reportedly responsible for 250 deaths a year, the Mirror noted.

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