Police have opened an inquest into the death of West Mathewson after the tragic incident to which his wife was a helpless witness.
A South African conservationist has been mauled to death by his beloved white lionesses as he took them for their daily walk.
“It is believed that the two lionesses attacked the deceased during one of their usual walks,” Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said. “The incident allegedly took place while his wife was helplessly watching.”
Mojapelo added that the emergency services were called, but Mathewson was declared dead at the scene with multiple injuries at Mathewson’s Lion Tree Top game lodge near Hoedspruit in Limpopo province on Wednesday.
“I think it was just a tragic accident that happened,” daughter-in-law Tehri Mathewson told South African website News 24.
“The lions are safe and will forever be loved and cared for as he would have wanted,” she added. Mojapelo said the animals had been moved to another game lodge in the area.
She described her father-in-law as a “remarkable man” whose death was a blow to conservationism.