Lion Kills US Tourist in South African Safari Park

Park rangers chased the animals away, but medics were unable to save the woman's life.
2:12 | 06/02/15

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Now to a deadly lion attack, an American tourist killed overseas, attacked by a lion in a wildlife park and ABC's hamish Macdonald is in South Africa with all of details. Reporter: This investigation is stepping up right now. The U.S. Embassy here is assisting with that. The big question is why, this woman had this window down when there are so many warnings inside the park to keep the car's windows closed. This morning, park rangers investigating how a trip to a safari park became deadly. A tourist taking a photograph from inside the car. The lion lunged at the car. Reporter: Park officials just before 2:30 the tourist was being driven through the lion portion of the safari. Windows of her SUV rolled down, despite signs advising against it. The gentleman driving he sustained some injuries to his arm. Reporter: Paramedics rushing to the scene. Medics unable to save the woman. This attack reportedly the third this year at the popular park, which draws hundreds of thousands each year. In March, this Australian tourist survived being mauled by a lion. It's not just this park, cameras capturing other close encounters at south african safaris, roaming residents getting too close like this one. Opening the unlocked door to this family car. For now, rangers here at lion park are temporarily caging the big cats. Park officials say they aren't going to put down the lioness responsible for this attack, but will move her to an enclosure away from the public. The tourists already back here this morning. They're mingling with the animals. Rest assured right now, they'll be taking special notice of those signs inside the park telling them to keep those car's windows shut. Now to an American hostage freed this morning after secret talks with rebels in Yemen.

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