Full Story:A lion ripped off a 4-year-old girl’s scalp in South Africa when the tot and her father got a little too close to a fence closing off the big cats from the public, according to a new report.
Dina Marie de Beer is listed in critical condition after the Sunday attack at the Weltevrede Lion Farm, The Independent reported.
The toddler’s dad, Peter, was holding his daughter so she could pet one of the cubs when the lioness grabbed him through the fence, South African station Netwerk24 reported.
Dina is listed in critical condition — with her scalp torn off, and one of the lion’s claws penetrating her skull, the station reported. Part of her skull was surgically removed Monday to relieve pressure on her brain. Her dad, who only suffered minor injuries, told the outlet that it’s expected to be a long road ahead for his daughter.
A tour guide at the farm told the Independent the incident occurred when dad and daughter “got a bit too close,” adding that he hoped the little girl would have a “quick recovery.”