A South African wildlife conservationist was mauled to death by two lions at his personal safari lodge.
West Mathewson, 68, was roughhousing with the 400-pound white lions, Demi and Tanner, once they turned on him Wednesday of their enclosure at Lion Tree Prime Lodge close to Hoedspruit, the Telegraph reported.
His spouse tried to save her husband from the beasts, however he had already suffered deadly accidents.
Mathewson’s daughter-in-law, Tehri Fergusson, stated they nonetheless don’t know all the small print surrounding the lethal assault, however she instructed “tough play” was to blame.
“We have now to understand, West was not as younger as he thought he was,” she informed the newspaper. “We’re nonetheless undecided what truly occurred however there was very tough play.”
The identical massive cats had been answerable for clawing a farmworker to death after escaping in 2017, the outlet reported.
Mathewson had beforehand defended the lions, however his household stated they’ll now be launched into the wild.
The cats had been tranquilized instantly following the assault and introduced to a neighborhood endangered species heart, the report stated.
“They’re in a protected place now and they are going to be cared for and liked, after which they are going to be let unfastened into the wild, however they won’t be returning right here,” his daughter-in-law stated.