A student was gored by a Rhino while trying to take a photo during a safari trip in South Africa. On Jan. 15, ABC News reported that 24-year-old Chantal Beyer chose to get closer to the wild animals for a great photo opportunity. What happened next, however, was not what she had intended.
The rhinoceros attacked her from behind, leaving her body in rough shape. As for her decision to move closer to the animal, her family says that the guy in charge was trustworthy and he encouraged her (and the others) to move in. "There were quite a few young people on the vehicle and they probably felt they could trust [game park owner Alex] Richter, who was an adult," said Beyer's family through a spokesperson.
The student gored by the Rhino is still in critical condition in an intensive care unit. Chantal Beyer was visiting The Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve with her husband. Their trip took an unthinkable turn when this happened. According to the report, there were others who were also posing for photos but it sounds like the Rhino only attacked Beyer.
A lot of people take chances when they are out on an adventure -- especially on a safari. Everyone wants to try to get close to the animals and take amazing pictures but many fail to remember that these animals are wild and they can and will attack without explanation. Tourists are invading the animals' homes so things like this are bound to happen.
The student gored by the Rhino is expected to survive.
© Effie Orfanides 2013