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American woman, 22, dragged to her death by a lion and 'local tour guide' seriously hurt after leaving their car window open during South African safari {VIDEO}

'A lion jumped through the window and went to town on my legs': Man attacked by big cat on safari - and posts pictures of his horrific injuries on Facebook

US woman dragged to her death by a lion and another person seriously hurt after leaving

  • The tourist was dragged out of the window at Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg
  • The injured man was reportedly a local tour guide who tried to save the young woman
  • It's the third big cat attack at the safari park in four months
  • The park said they tell visitors to keep windows closed but are ignored 

A 22-year-old American woman has been mauled to death and another person seriously injured after being pulled through their car window by a lion in a safari park in South Africa.

The tourist and her companion, thought to be a South African tour guide, were taking a 'routine' drive through the 20-acre compound containing about a dozen big cats near Johannesburg. 

Gauteng Lion Park employee Scott Simpson, 28, told Daily Mail Online: 'The lion approached from the left of the vehicle, the passenger side and walked quite close to the car.

'The witnesses said they saw the guests taking pictures of the lion from a meter away, then the lion lunged at the car and bit the lady through the window.'  

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A 22-year-old American woman died after being dragged out of her SUV (pictured) while on safari on Monday in Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa

A 22-year-old American woman died after being dragged out of her SUV (pictured) while on safari on Monday in Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa

The woman was dragged out the window of the vehicle. Visitors to the park are strongly advised by staff to keep the windows closed (another van of tourists is pictured, not involved in the incident)

The woman was dragged out the window of the vehicle. Visitors to the park are strongly advised by staff to keep the windows closed (another van of tourists is pictured, not involved in the incident)

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A police van arrives at the Lion Park where an American tourist was killed by a lioness on June 1 near Johannesburg, South Africa

A police van arrives at the Lion Park where an American tourist was killed by a lioness on June 1 near Johannesburg, South Africa

Yellow police tape was put around the SUV where the young American tourist was mauled to death by a lion on Monday 

Yellow police tape was put around the SUV where the young American tourist was mauled to death by a lion on Monday 

Mr Simpson said park staff rushed to pull the lioness off the young woman and carried out CPR.  Paramedics were called but could do nothing to save her.

'When the paramedics were treating the lady she unfortunately passed away,' he said.

He has been working for less than a year at the Park, which is an hour from Johannesburg. 

It's the third big cat attack at the park in just four months.  

Police confirmed that the tourist was 22 years old and an American citizen. 

The U.S. Embassy confirmed a U.S. citizen had been killed but were revealing no further details, only that they were providing consular services.

The lioness responsible for the attack has been identified and is being kept alone in a separate enclosure.

There were no plans to destroy the animal.

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A rare white lion peers at a vehicle at the Lions Park near Johannesburg. The American woman's death was the third big cat attack in four months

A rare white lion peers at a vehicle at the Lions Park near Johannesburg. The American woman's death was the third big cat attack in four months

In March, an Australian tourist was injured by a lioness after going on safari with his car windows open.

Brendan Smith, from Perth, was left with deep flesh wounds after the big cat pounced through the window and bit his leg.

Smith posted pictures of his injuries on Facebook which happened after he'd only been in South Africa for 36 hours.

Two days later, a 13-year-old from a nearby slum was attacked by a cheetah while riding a bicycle through the grounds. 

In December 2013, a former South African franchise rugby player Brett Tucker and his family were attacked by a lion at the same park. Tucker's father reportedly suffered minor injuries.

Lion mauls American tourist to death in South African park
Warning: The manager of the lion park said he doesn't understand why people leave their windows open despite warnings dotted around the compound (pictured)

Warning: The manager of the lion park said he doesn't understand why people leave their windows open despite warnings dotted around the compound (pictured)

Park employees said that their repeated warnings about the big cats were ignored by tourists trying to get better pictures on safari 

Park employees said that their repeated warnings about the big cats were ignored by tourists trying to get better pictures on safari 

The park has more than 85 lions, including rare white lions, and a variety of other animals, including giraffes and ostriches.

According to its website, Lion Park guarantees 'super close-up animal views' but it does order visitors to keep their car windows shut.

The park has previously come under fire for allowing visitors to pet lion cubs. It was also accused of breeding lions for 'canned hunting', a charge that the park has refuted.

The park offers tented accommodation and also hosts children's birthday parties.

A visitor to the Lion Park last year uploaded a video to YouTube of a lion opening a car door.

Employee Mr Simpson said visitors to the park were warned not to leave their windows open to avoid attacks.

He told ENCA: 'We make it so clear. 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.

He added that the park takes safety seriously.

'We have signage up everywhere informing people to keep their windows closed. We hand out flyers as they are driving in reminding them to keep their windows closed. We really do everything we can to make sure that people know that,' he added.

The park boasts 'guaranteed super-close up views' of the animals on its website

Lucky escape: Australian tourist Brendan Smith, from Perth, was left with deep flesh wounds after a lion pounced through the window and bit his leg at Gauteng Lion Park in March 

Lucky escape: Australian tourist Brendan Smith, from Perth, was left with deep flesh wounds after a lion pounced through the window and bit his leg at Gauteng Lion Park in March 

Brendan Smith, from Perth in Australia (pictured with an unidentified friend) had only been in South Africa for 36 hours when he was bitten by a lioness after leaving his window open on a safari

Brendan Smith, from Perth in Australia (pictured with an unidentified friend) had only been in South Africa for 36 hours when he was bitten by a lioness after leaving his window open on a safari

It's been visited by celebrities including R'n'B singer John Legend and pop star Shakira in the past. 

Lion attacks have been known to happen in the past.  

In 2011, Ranesh Rajkaran, 28, blocked a lioness from getting into his car with his arm and was bitten but fortunately he only suffered scratches.

He and his wife, Somashnie, who was pregnant, had been celebrating their second wedding anniversary at the park and had food inside the car.

Rajkaran said he opened the windows a little due to the sweltering heat but didn't expect a lioness to shove her paw through the gap.

'I think she must have smelled the food in the car or maybe she just wanted to play,' he said.

In December 2013, former league rugby player Brett Tucker and his family were attacked by a lion at Gauteng Lion Park.

Tucker had his daughter on his lap at the time when a lion put its paw through the window but her grandfather acted quickly and threw her in the backseat.

Tucker's father suffered minor injuries to the shoulder after he tried to roll his window up, but accidentally rolled it further down.

Shocking moment Lion manages to open family's car door
Pop star Shakira pictured playing with a lion cub at Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa 

Pop star Shakira pictured playing with a lion cub at Gauteng Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa 

John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen have also visited the park which is popular with tourists

John Legend and his model wife Chrissy Teigen have also visited the park which is popular with tourists

The deadly attack happened in Gauteng Lion Park, around an hour outside of Johannesburg in South Africa

The deadly attack happened in Gauteng Lion Park, around an hour outside of Johannesburg in South Africa

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  • Brendan Smith, from Perth, was in Johannesberg when incident happened
  • He had been in South Africa for only 36 hours before a lion attacked him
  • Perth man said the lion jumped through the window and bit into his legs
  • He said the experience was 'full-on' but it could have been a lot worse
  • Mr Smith posted graphic photographs of his injuries to his Facebook page  

An Australian tourist was lucky to escape with his life after he was mauled by a lion during an African safari tour.

Brendan Smith, from Perth in Western Australia, had landed in Johannesburg in South Africa just 36 hours before the vicious predator jumped through an open car window and attacked him.

In a Facebook post, Mr Smith recalled the terrifying moment he was bitten, with a sense of humour.

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Brendan Smith was on an African safari when he mauled by a lion who jumped through a window and bit him

Brendan Smith was on an African safari when he mauled by a lion who jumped through a window and bit him

'No later than 36 hours after touching down in Africa I find myself in hospital after a lion jumped through the car window and decided to go to town on my legs,' he wrote.

'Pretty full-on but am alive, with insurance coming to the party and an influx of curious Africans wanting to see "the lion man". 

'Could have and should have been a lot worse but chicks dig scars so I'll be sweet!'

It is believed the Perth man was on safari near Johannesburg and was treated at the city's Fourways Life Hospital.  

Mr Smith (pictured with an unidentified friend) posted pictures of his wounds on Facebook with a recount of the horrifying attack

Mr Smith (pictured with an unidentified friend) posted pictures of his wounds on Facebook with a recount of the horrifying attack

Mr Smith's wounds appear to be deep in graphic photos uploaded on his Facebook page.

His post also included a picture of two female lions lazing on the grass. 

It is not known if these were the lions that attacked him.

One of the pictures show what looks like teeth puncture marks which have broken through Mr Smith's skin. 

Looking at his page, Mr Smith appears to be an avid adventurer and traveller.

The Perth man said he had escaped with his life and described the experience as 'pretty full-on'

The Perth man said he had escaped with his life and described the experience as 'pretty full-on'

One of the pictures show what looks like teeth puncture marks which have broken through Mr Smith's skin

One of the pictures show what looks like teeth puncture marks which have broken through Mr Smith's skin

His photos show him skydiving, eating scorpions, jumping through fire hoops and shooting at a gun range.

His dad, Brian Smith, said he was relieved to hear his son was safe.

'So glad it's not worse. Very lucky lad. You will be in pain for weeks,' Brian wrote on social media.

'I think u should cut your losses and get on the next plane home after hospital. Take care.'

Friends also expressed their concern for the injured Australian by leaving messages of sympathy under his post.

'You are one lucky son of a b**** - sort of :-S hope you're on the mend dude and can enjoy the rest of your trip,' one friend wrote.

Another well-wisher expressed their shock at the news.

'Oh my god! You have survived some pretty crazy travel adventures, but this takes the cake,' she said.

'Imagine this story at the pub in 40 years time. Sending you loads of love & well wishes xx.'

Mr Smith was planning to continue on to a shark dive in Gansbaai - south of Cape Town - from his safari, but now he is unsure if his plans will still go ahead as he is in hospital.

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