WARNING: YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ A VERY TOUCHING STORY
The picture above is that of the chilling moment Game of thrones editor Katherine Chapell was mauled to death by a Lioness in South-Africa.
The picture was taken by Ben Govender, another visitor to the zoo, who was in the car behind. Read how Mirror Uk narrated the horrifying ordeal below:
When a lioness approached the car in front during a day out at a safari park, an onlooker Ben Govender grabbed his camera for an unmissable photo opportunity
The animal wandered over, put its paws on the side of the car and peered in at tourist Katherine Chappell, who had wound her window down for a close-up encounter.But what Ben saw next will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Within seconds, Katherine, 29, was dead after the beast lunged at her without warning and tore a chunk out of her shoulder.
Horrified Ben, 38, said:
“It was terrifying. After the first bite the lioness retreated from the car with blood dripping from her mouth and paw.
“We all thought she was done and didn’t like what she’d just bitten.
“But like someone in a temper that wasn’t satisfied in a fight, she leaped back into the car and mauled the passenger.
“The rangers came running in and the two lions ran off but the lioness had half the passenger’s shoulder in her mouth.
“And it was too late to do anything to save her.”
Katherine, from Rye, New York, was a successful video editor whose credits included the hugely popular TV series Game of Thrones.
She was visiting Gauteng Lion Park, in Johannesberg, South Africa, on Monday.
Ben, an engineer who lives nearby, was also there with his mum, sister and two friends over from India.
“We decided to show our friends a local spot where they could see real lions in a wild setting,” he recalled.
“The SUV in front of us stopped next to two lions and the driver rolled down his window.
“The passenger did the same, I presume to get a photo.
“The male lion didn’t seem very interested by this and the lioness didn’t seem bothered either.
“She got up very lazily and stretched out her body. Then suddenly without warning she stood up at the window.”
He went on: “At first it just looked like an amazing shot of a lion stood up at the window.
“The lion can only have had its head in that window for around 15 seconds.
“At that moment the tourist was face to face with one of the most ferocious, incredible and magnificent animals.
“But then the lioness lunged and we saw the driver diving into the passenger seat and punching at the lioness.”
Ben said it looked like the driver had no chance of speeding off or closing the window.
Devastated, he added:
“The lioness was just too powerful. It was extremely fast – all over
in a matter of a couple of minutes.
“And all we could do was hoot the horn for help.”
Mauled to death: American Game of Thrones special effects editor Katherine Chappell
By the time the gamekeepers arrived Katherine, known to pals as Katie, was dead.
Tour guide Pierre Potgieter, 66, who was driving the 4×4, has told how he tried to save his passenger during the “worst experience of his life”.
Pierre, who suffered a heart attack and was left with injuries to his arms as he tried to fight off the lioness, claimed “cowardly staff” would not help and accused the ambulance of taking too long to arrive.
But Ben said: “Her face was torn apart, the right side of her chest was gone. Nothing could have been done to save that woman.”
Ben’s family were offered counselling after their ordeal.
He said: “I thought I had videoed it but in the shock of what happened I found I had pressed the wrong button and ended up with just the one photo.
“It looked almost innocent – a photo of this beautiful lion stretched out, standing up like that against the car.
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