On Friday morning 10 October, a trails ranger in the Kruger National Park was on a bush-walk with a group of tourists when they came across a lioness with cubs.
The ranger gave the Lioness a wide berth which would normally get one out of danger but unfortunately was not enough. The lioness came charging out from behind a bush at the group! Even after two warning shots the lioness still got hold of the ranger and started biting his arms and scratching him all over the rest of his body and face.
The second ranger that was on the trail had taken the tourists to a safe point and returned and fired off 6 warning shots at the lioness which was enough to scare her away.
A helicopter was then called in to airlift the ranger to a nearby hospital outside the Kruger Park to receive treatment.