Lion kills woman at refuge of South African ‘lion whisperer’

Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:57AM EST

Last Updated Wednesday, February 28, 2018 9:27AM EST

JOHANNESBURG — A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the “lion whisperer” for his close interactions with the predators in his animal sanctuary.

Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at his refuge in the Dinokeng Game Reserve, said on Facebook that he and an “experienced” colleague took three lions for a walk in the reserve on Tuesday and that one chased an impala, eventually encountering the 22-year-old woman at…

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