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Tourist gored by rhino after wildlife expert asked her to 'stand closer' to the animal for photos

Tourist gored by rhino after wildlife expert asked her to 'stand closer' to the animal for photos
Johannesburg:  When do you not listen to the African wildlife expert? When he tells you to stand closer to the rhino.

That suggestion by a South African game park owner resulted in serious injuries to a 24-year-old woman from Johannesburg.

The Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday that Chantal Beyer said the game park owner snapped pictures and suggested that she "stand just a little bit closer" seconds before the attack. Photos show Beyer and her husband only feet away from two rhinos.

The paper said that just after the photo was snapped, the rhino attacked, and its horn penetrated Beyers' chest from behind, resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs, the paper said. The Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve, where the incident took place, declined to comment on Tuesday.

Story First Published: January 17, 2013 18:56 IST

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