Dumb American Tourist with shit for brains
Jay's advice of the day: NEVER try to pat a lion on its head, ok.
Pietersburg (Polokwane)- The family of an American tourist, who was attacked by three young lions on a Northern Province game farm on Friday, are considering a civil claim against the owners of the farm.
Senior superintendent Frans Mojapelo confirmed on Sunday that Kimberley Thomen (34) was attacked by lions on Leshoka Thabang game farm between Potgietersrus (Makopane) and Roedtan, about 60km from Pietersburg.
Thomen apparently attacked by the lions when she got off a game-viewing vehicle to pat one of them on the head.
The lion snapped at her, giving her a fright, and, when she screamed, all three attacked her.
She was saved by the intervention of the tour guide, a woman, who "pulled the lions off with her bare hands", said friends of Thomen later.
Thomen, from Sugarland near Houston in Texas, was with a group of mainly-American hunters. They arrived on the game farm on Thursday, and were planning to leave on Sunday.
Attacked after she screamed
But, with Thomen in hospital, the rest of the group is still on the farm. They plan to return to the United States on June 18.
Thomen said on Sunday from her hospital bed in Polokwane MediClinic that they were on a game-viewing vehicle in the veld when they spotted the lions.
There were three lions, not very big, she said, but not cubs any more. The female guide said it was safe for the tourists to get off the vehicle.
Bite wound to the neck
Thomen and the guide got off and Thomen patted the head of one of the lions. He was "fairly big and his mane was already starting to appear".
The lion suddenly snapped in her direction. She got a fright and screamed. The other lions then charged and attacked her.
Thomen had wounds all over her body, including a bite to the neck, but no wounds to her face. "She is lucky to be alive," said hospital personnel.
A doctor said on Sunday that the wounds showed no sign of infection.
Two friends who visited Thomen on Sunday morning said they appreciated the way the guide had tried to drag the lions off Thomen "with her bare hands". It is not known whether she was armed.
Thomen said she thought the attack was partly due to "bad judgment on the side of the game-farm personnel, "but also "partly on my side".
Leshoka Thabang personnel could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
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