A student was attacked by a rhino after a tour guide urged her to inch closer to a herd of the wild beasts for a photo in South Africa, ABC News reports Jan. 15.
24-year-old Chantal Beyer of Johannesburg was gored by the animal during a Safari trip when the guide suggested she move a little closer to the rhinos standing near her and her husband. They were traveling in a vehicle with a few other people on a game drive at a nature reserve near Muldersdrift, South Africa. The couple were informed it was safe to have a photograph taken of them next to the rhinos, but once Chantal moved in closer the attack happened when a rhino gored her from behind.
The student has suffered a collapsed lung, a few ribs broken, and remains in intensive care at Krugersdorp Hospital in South Africa.
The Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve is about 25 miles from Johannesburg. It's motto is “a true African safari experience” by taking guests close to animals. Their web site lists rhinos as one of 15 “species sighted at close range” for tourists.
In this scenario the cost was pretty high for someone getting close to wild animals in their natural environment. Rhinos and other large animals are known to attack if they feel threatened or invaded.