“OMG…what the hell is a safari ranger doing, telling people to get out the safety of their vehicles; to get a closer look or picture of rhino? Rhino have poor eyesight & can be so unpredictable. They may appear contended with visitors looking at them from a vehicle! But once you step out that vehicle; you are on their habitat & become the hunted. How stupid & totally incompetent, I hope he got the sack as he is not safe to take people into the bush! She is very lucky to be alive, if I were her, I would be taking the ranger & possibly the company to court; she could so easily have died!!” 

  • Chantal Beyer, 24, was attacked after getting out of her safari vehicle
  • South African guide allegedly urged visitors to get closer for a photo
  • Bull rhino charged seconds after picture was taken leaving Ms Beyer with collapsed lung and broken ribs

This is the photo taken seconds before a safari tourist was seriously injured by a rhino – after she was allegedly urged to stand closer to the animal by a wildlife expert.

Attack: Chantal Beyer, 24, pictured standing next to a rhino seconds before she was gored at a wildlife safari park in South Africa

Chantal Beyer, 24, was visiting the South African nature park with her boyfriend when they stopped to look at some rhinos.

Afrikaans-language newspaper the Beeld reported that guide Alex Richter then advised them to stand a little closer seconds before the animal gored her from behind.

He allegedly told a group of visitors to get out of their vehicle to take photos and even encouraged the rhinos to come closer with food.

The photograph shows them only feet away from two white rhinos which can weigh up to two tons and stand as tall as 1.8metres.

Just after the picture was taken, a huge bull rhino attacked, and its horn penetrated Ms Beyers’ chest from behind, resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs

Ms Beyer, a bachelor of commerce student from Johannesburg, is now in an intensive care unit at a Krugersdorp hospital where she is said to be in stable condition, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Mrs Beyer’s uncle and family spokesman Thom Peeters told the Beeld: ‘There were quite a few young people on the vehicle and they probably felt they could trust Richter, who was an adult.

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’.

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