An American woman killed by a lion in a South African safari park has been identified as Katherine Chappell, an editor for popular TV show Game of Thrones.

Chappell, 29, was taking photos from a vehicle with the window down, and didn’t see the lion approaching from the side.

The tour operator travelling in the car with the editor tried to fight off the animal and was hurt, but is expected to survive. 

The lion will not be euthanised, but will be taken to another property while the park investigates.

A statement from the park reads, “It is incredibly sad that a life had to be lost in this manner… Visitors to South Africa need to remember that predators are dangerous and rules are there for their own safety. If all the rules are adhered to (during) your visit to the Lion Park, national parks and other similar facilities will be a safe and treasured experience.”

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