• Kyodo


A 50-year-old Japanese woman traveling in Zimbabwe was attacked by a lion in a safari park Wednesday and died in a hospital two days later, according to information received by the Foreign Ministry.

Saemi Ono, from Kumamoto Prefecture, was attacked when she was returning to a car after taking photos at a designated place in the Lion and Cheetah Park in a western suburb of Harare, the capital, the ministry said.

She suffered severe injuries to a thigh and was transported to a hospital in Harare, where she underwent surgery twice but died on Friday, the ministry said. There were around eight other tourists as well as guards nearby, but no one else was injured, it said.

According to relatives, Ono left Japan on Aug. 6 with five other friends and arrived in Zimbabwe on Aug. 7. She was scheduled to leave the southern African country Wednesday.

The Foreign Ministry did not disclose Ono’s profession.

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