American Killed by Lion In South African Identified

Katherine Chappell was starting a trip to work on animal conservation when the deadly incident occurred.
2:10 | 06/03/15

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Turning now to that deadly lion attack at a popular wildlife park overseas. We now know the identity of that young American woman who was killed. ABC's hamish Macdonald has the latest from South Africa. Good morning. Reporter: Robin, good morning. We now know the identity of this American woman killed at this lion park, it's 29-year-old Katherine Chappell. She was here in South Africa to work on animal conservation. This morning, South Africa's lion park up and running. Can you see that? They've got their windows down. Despite Monday's deadly attack, tourists are still choosing to keep their windows now. A fatal choice for an American tourist, Katherine Chappell, killed this week by a lioness while taking photos of the animal. Chappell, just 29 years old, on a volunteer mission to protect wildlife. Posting on instagram her love of travel and local culture. Investigators now looking into why her windows were wide open where the park's lions roamed free. You can take an animal out of the wild but you can never take that wild out of the animal. Reporter: ABC news has learned that the lioness had been mating and had her cubs with her, possibly explaining the attack. Close calls have happened before. But tourists say remembering the rules is key. The signs are everywhere, it's very safe if you follow the instructions. Reporter: A tragic mistake of this lover of animals big and small. Family remembering her saying her energy and passion could not be contained. The evidence this morning is in the hands of police and will clearly form a crucial part of this investigation. George. Okay, hamish, thanks.

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