The two were driving through the 20-acre compound with both front windows down, according to witnesses. Two families were driving only meters away from the car when the attack occurred, and they informed police that Chappell was snapping photos of the lioness just moments before it lunged into the car.
Chappell's sister, Jennifer, posted a tribute to her on Facebook Monday night, according to CNN. "Katie was a brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman," the post read. "Her energy and passion could not be contained by mere continents or oceans."
This heartbreaking incident took place at Lion Park, located just outside Johannesburg in South Africa. The compound houses more than 85 lions, including rare white lions. Park officials said they tell visitors to keep their windows up while driving through the park but that visitors regularly ignore the rule. This isn't an out-of-the-blue occurrence, however, as this is the third big cat attack at Lion Park in four months.
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