Eastern Cape rancher dies after lion attack
The owner of an animal ranch near Addo in the Eastern Cape has died after being mauled by a lion, his family said on Thursday.
Lourens van Straaten, owner of the Addo Croc Ranch, was attacked while repairing an electrical fence in the lion enclosure last Friday.
His son-in-law, Johnnay van Rensburg, said Van Straaten was taken to hospital and pronounced brain dead on Wednesday.
“Yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon, the family decided it was best to switch off the [life support] machine,” he said.
He said this was the first incident of this nature at the ranch since it opened 10 years ago.
Van Rensburg described his father-in-law as an animal lover who grew up with animals at a nature reserve in Addo.
“His [Van Straaten’s] father was once the head of the Addo National Park, so he grew up with animals and knew them well,” said Van Rensburg.—Sapa