An environmentalist has been killed the lions he rears, the family said on Thursday in South African
The man’s name is West Mathewson, age 69, who was walking two white lions on Wednesday when one of the animals attacked and killed him without warning.
The incident happened on the premises of the family-owned Lion Tree Top Lodge, in South Africa, Northern Limpopo province.
The man had raised the lions since they were cubs and was used to interacting with them.
Gill Mathewson who is his wife, age 65 was actually driving behind her husband when the lion attacked him, though she tried her best to rescue her husband, but could not.
The lions have been temporarily moved to a facility while a decision on their final destination is made and the family has been assured that the Lions would be released into the best environment available to them.
Mathewson and his wife had four sons and six grand-children.
“The family is really heart broken by the loss of their husband, father and grandfather,” a statement said.
“They find comfort and peace with the fact that he died while living his dream, being in nature and with his lions that were so close to his heart.” another statement said.