Ranger Attacked by Lion in the Kruger National Park

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.

5 comments:

Cats said...

Scary! Walking with Lions is always dangerous and considering that the lioness had cubs, she was bound to get defensive. Still I'm glad that she didn't injure the ranger fatally. Hope he recovers soon.

Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

The poor guy must have very serious injuries. Enough said about what a Lion can do to its prey.

Those videos in your previous post are just something else. Awesome

Fani said...

What happened to the lioness ???? I hope she is still OK, with her cubs ...

African Safari Stories said...

The last I heard the rangers were trying to track down the lioness but were not successful. They are more than likely going to shoot her if they find her. What will happen to the cubs is the question.

Mark Benson said...

Mishaps take place at times. Just don't get frightened but keep on visiting the amazing Kruger National Park through cheap flights to Johannesburg and spend some great time exploring the African wild life.