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Attack: 'Stand a bit closer' - Game park owner

By Sapa | Jan 15, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 5 ]

A young West Rand student who was attacked by a rhino at the weekend was reportedly advised by the game park owner to move closer to the animals to pose for pictures.

This happened just moments before she was impaled and seriously injured.

Chantal Beyer, 24, who is in the intensive care unit of the Krugersdorp Private Clinic, told her uncle, Thom Peeters, that game park owner Alex Richter had snapped pictures of her just seconds before the accident, and that he had suggested she should "stand just a little bit closer".

Peeters said the rhino's horn had penetrated Beyers' chest from behind, on the right, almost exiting through her shoulder and resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

She was on a game drive with nine other people at the Aloe Ridge hotel and nature reserve in Muldersdrift when Richter stopped near two rhinos.

He reportedly used chunks of mieliepap to coax the rhinos towards them, then told his guests they could get out of the car to take pictures, as it was completely safe.

Richter declined to comment, then got into his car and drove away.

COMMENTS [ 5 ]

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Please send it to Nat Geo Wild or Animal Planent. It will make nice entertainment on "Caught on Camera" or "I'm Alive"

Jan 15, 2013 9:25 | 0 replies

Rhino 1 - Tjatjarag Animal Hugger 0. No rematch is being planned. The match was played in front of live audience.

Jan 15, 2013 9:39 | 0 replies

Some animals are better left alone even that king of jungle knows that, now the student is playing the finger pointing out of stupidity.

Jan 15, 2013 11:38 | 0 replies

An animal will always remain an animal, even if you bath or feed it. Lucky you survive.

Jan 15, 2013 12:11 | 0 replies

Rhino saw human getting closer, Rhino heard word Shoot,immediately thought POACHER and all its gory stories, it defended itself. Just saying. An animal is an animal no matter how cute.

Jan 15, 2013 1:28 | 0 replies