Passengers in a vehicle behind the woman who was killed by a lion share a new photo of the moments before the gruesome attack.
On June 1, 2015 Katherine Chappell was mauled by a lion in her vehicle while taking photos at Lion Park, a wildlife preserve in South Africa.
While an investigation into the incident is still underway, new details have been brought forth by passengers in the vehicle behind Chappell. The passengers snapped this photo of the attack moments before it happened.
Chappell was a visual effects engineer who had worked on some big-time movies including “Divergent” and “Captain America.” Her family said she was a well-known adventurer and very high-spirited.
While driven around by a tour operator, Chappell had him stop so she could snap photos of some nearby lions. Going against park rules, she rolled her window down to capture some better shots.
Witnesses say she didn’t notice a lioness was quickly approaching the vehicle from the other side as they began frantically honking their horns at her. The lioness then lunged at her through the window and bit her on the neck. The guide began to punch the lion in the face to fight her off, but it was too late as Chappell died shortly before medics arrived.
Park rules dictate that windows remain closed at all times while inside the park and is listed so on the seats inside the park’s vehicles.
The assistant park operator said, “Visitors to South Africa need to remember that predators are dangerous and rules are there for their own safety. If all the rules are adhered to during your visit to the Lion Park, national parks and other similar facilities will be a safe and treasured experience.”