The above photo was taken literally seconds before Chantal Beyer, 24 was savagely gored by a rhinoceros after guide Alex Richter urged her and her husband to stand closer to the wild beasts in order to get a good shot.
The incident ended up leaving Beyer with a collapsed lung and broken ribs as a hug bull rhino attacked her from behind. Fortunately the young woman survived the attack and is currently in stable condition.
Amazingly Richter is said to have encouraged the wild beasts to come closer when he asked passengers to alight from the vehicle they were traveling in and began offering them food.
South Africa’s Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve, where the incident took place, declined to comment today.
On the resort’s website it lists rhinos as one of a number of animals which visitors can see ‘at close range’.
Reflected one reader on the web: There is a reason why these animals are called wild beasts and pretending otherwise no matter how genteel the animals appear betrays the essence of what actually goes on in nature…