Big cats are dangerous: Vancouver-based Katherine Chappell, who formerly worked at ‘Game of Thrones,’ killed by lioness in South African game park

Katherine Chappell, who was in Africa raising money for a charitable organization that protects animals from poachers, was killed by the lioness as she took pictures during a drive through the popular Lion Park, near Johannesburg, on Monday afternoon.

…Miss Chappell was taking pictures when the lioness attacked her through her open window – which was down despite advice to the contrary…

…Tour guide Pierre Potgieter, 66, told Daily Mail Online how he had suffered a heart attack as he tried to save Miss Chappell’s life.

‘It wasn’t good, dreadful. I’m still in a shock and daze about it’…

…Speaking to Daily Mail Online from his hospital bed, Mr Potgieter denied he had flouted rules at the safari park and put his client’s life in danger by driving with the windows open…

…Miss Chappell’s death is likely to put the popular tourist attraction under scrutiny, as it is the third big cat attack in just four months…

Related: Lion Park considering shock tactics: Members and employees at Lion Park, situated outside of Johannesburg, have been conducted a series of meetings to address the problem of people not obeying crucial rules when visiting the venue.

This may include a “shock tactic”, warning visitors of previous incidents at the park, according to its spokesperson Scott Simpson.

unnamed-2Sign at the park warning visitors to keep their windows closed.

  • AmicusC

    no loss. we need to stop protecting stupid people from the consequences of their stupid actions.

    • Alain

      So true. I recall many years ago when I worked for Indian and Northern Affairs which at the time included Parks Canada. In Jasper in spite of all the warnings, you would still find a lot of stupid people, often with small children, who would stop, get out of the vehicle and try to approach a grizzle sow with cubs by the road side. When told to get in their vehicles and move on, they became indignant. Needless to say there was more than one sad ending for the people, not the bears, although afterwards the same bears had to be put down due to the outcry. Some even sued Parks. So no, you simply cannot protect people from their own stupidity.

  • BillyHW

    Women voters are even more dangerous.

  • The Butterfly

    So glad butterflies can fly away from dangerous lions.

    • ntt1

      has this whole Jenner spectacle acted as some sort of trigger for you? Are you taking refuge in trans speci-ism?

  • Maggat

    The authorities want to “address the problem of people not obeying crucial rules” Seems as if the problem is being solved, one dope at a time.

  • El Martyachi
    • Waffle

      I keep thinking of Boomer, the Barbary lion cub who was raised from birth by a human family here in Ontario (his mother had rejected him and refused to let him suckle). So Boomer was raised as a house cat. Long story, but he ended up in a private sanctuary out west and may still be receiving psychotherapy to convince him that he’s really a lion.

      And you think your companion kitty is tame? He’s a natural born killer who won’t hesitate to gobble down a mouse or to raid a bird’s nest. As long as you keep opening those cans and pouring that kibble, you don’t have to worry about your hands or your life.

      • El Martyachi

        I confess to casually initially scoffing at the “lock your doors” portion of the sign, before thinking hmm.. maybe not a bad idea AND THEN ..well the video speaks for itself. Experts can make dangerous stuff look easy… but there’s so much going into their calculated risks.

      • ntt1

        exactly right, even my two aged Siamese exhibit all the hauteur of the big cats and they indeed figure they cast a Siberian tiger size shadow.

      • UCSPanther

        I’ve suffered my cat’s wrath from time to time, and come away with claw marks on my hide as a result.

        She is a pretty crabby cat, and she has gotten more crabby the older she gets…

        • Waffle

          “If cats looked like frogs we’d realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That’s what people remember.”
          ― Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies

  • UCSPanther

    There’s a reason why lions were feared back in the olden days. They are majestic and regal creatures, but they ain’t cuddly kitties.

  • Dana Garcia

    The “Windows Closed” sign should be accompanied by photos of the recently deceased’s body, but the family would never allow that. Too real.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Simple directions, people. Roll up your windows, lock your doors. Hell that’s what you do when you drive through the PEOPLE parts of Joburg. And remember, if it runs, it’s food.

  • pike bishop

    Game of thrones
    King of beasts
    I see no issue here.

  • P_F

    A 400 grain solid from .416 Rigby or .404 Jeffery would’ve taken good care of that.

  • Una Salus

    poor woman