The woman killed by a lion while on a trip in South Africa has now been positively identified.

The UK's Daily Mail is reporting that 29-year-old Katherine Chappell, who is from Rye, New York, was an Emmy award winning film editor who worked HBO's "Game of Thrones" and Marvel's "Captain America."

Chappell was taking pictures through an open window from inside her car when she was attacked by the lioness at Lion Park in the province of Gauteng in South Africa.

The Daily Mail is reporting that a tour guide for the park, which advertises "Super Close-Up Animal Views Guaranteed," suffered a heart attack trying to save Chappell.  He has been identified as Pierre Potgieter.

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Andrew Caddick holds lion cub on November 17, 1999 at Lion Park Photo Credit: Laurence Griffiths, ALLSPORT via Getty Images

WIBX First News with Keeler asked Andria Heath, Executive Director of The Utica Zoo, about her feelings about the incident and what the zoo does to prevent hazardous incidents.  About the latest incident at Lion Park Heath says that it is her understanding that signage was in place warning visitors.  She says that, even at the Utica Zoo, people ignore posted signs.  No one can predict, she says, the behavior of wild animals.

She also says that at the Utica Zoo, keepers do not have full contact with animals, even those who are raised as babies.  With lions, once they reach a certain age they are fed through "guillotine-style" bars.

Video on YouTube from CNN showing the original story is below:

WIBX post July 19, 2012


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