Not for the first time, this African boy finds himself shaking his head in utter disbelief at the sheer unmitigated stupidity of some tourists visiting that continent.
An American woman has been killed by a lion that jumped into a car and attacked her at a nature park in South Africa, according to reports.
The site quoted Scott Simpson, a manager at the lion park, as saying that the lion appears to have jumped into the car and bitten the woman. He added that the man was injured trying to protect the woman.
"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," Mr Simpson said.
Visitors to the park are told not to leave their windows open.
"We make it so clear," Mr Simpson added. "We put signage up everywhere that people must keep their windows closed. We hand them a slip of paper when they enter the park, I really don’t understand why people think its okay to leave windows open."
There's more at the link.
It's the same syndrome that I wrote about last year in connection with a hippo (and a few other animals). Some people absolutely refuse to believe (or simply can't conceive) that they're a lot lower on the food chain in Africa than they are in their native First World habitats. In most of Africa, Mother Nature is a stone cold bitch who'll kill you in a heartbeat. (She is in much of Alaska too . . . that's one reason why Miss D., who's from that part of the world, and I get along so well. We both understand environments where life isn't something to take for granted - so we don't take each other for granted, either!)
My condolences to the bereaved . . . but this is a classic Darwin Award if ever there was one.