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South African conservationist mauled to death by lion he raised

West Mathewson with his two white lions at his Lion Tree Top Lodge in South Africa West Mathewson was mauled by two white lions at his game reserve in South Africa. Source Lion Tree Top LodgeMore
Hannah Rogers | 29 August, 2020, 13:14

Mathewson's wife Gill, 65, stepped in to try to save her husband from the two 400lb (180kg) animals but the lions had already inflicted fatal injuries, according to the police.

West Mathewson, the victim, unlocked the cage of the lions so he could take them out for a walk when one of the animals turned on him and mauled him to death.

A South African conservationist has been killed "without warning" by two lion cubs he rescued and raised by hand.

"The deceased walked about with these lions on the game farm".

SAD: "Uncle West" will be missed.

Photo: Lion Tree Top Lodge Facebook page.

"We are still not sure what actually happened but there was very rough play", Mathewson's daughter-in-law Tehri Fergusson told the Telegraph.

'We have to realise West was not as young as he thought he was.

Fergusson added that the lions will not return to the family's lodge.

"She tried her best to rescue her husband, but was unable to do so", said a statement by family attorney Marina Botha e-mailed to Agence France-Presse on Thursday.

A 69-year-old man has died after being brutally attacked by his own lions.

Mojapelo added that the emergency services were called, but Mathewson was declared dead at the scene with multiple injuries at Mathewson's Lion Tree Top game lodge near Hoedspruit in Limpopo province on Wednesday.

The same lions escaped and killed a man at a neighboring property in 2017, Africa Geographic reported at the time. He stressed that the lions "are friendly and not aggressive" and that he walks with them 3-4 hours per day.

The animals have now been transferred to a temporary shelter and are likely to be released into the wild.

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