Last updated: 12:08 PM ET, Tue March 31 2015

Australian Man Attacked By Lion During South African Safari

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | March 31, 2015

Australian Man Attacked By Lion During South African Safari

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Going on a safari adventure through Africa should be one of the most unforgettable times a traveler ever experiences, but one Australian man got more than he bargained for when he was attacked by a lion.

According to Louise Cheer of the Daily Mail Australia, Brendan Smith of Perth, Australia, was on a safari in Johannesburg, South Africa, when one of the lions jumped through an open window of his vehicle and attacked him.

Smith took to his Facebook page to comment on the attack and explain his ordeal, via the Daily Mail:

“No later than 36 hours after touching down in Africa I find myself in hospital after a lion jumped through the car window and decided to go to town on my legs. Pretty full-on but am alive, with insurance coming to the party and an influx of curious Africans wanting to see ‘the lion man.’ Could have and should have been a lot worse but chicks dig scars so I'll be sweet!”

The report claims the attack took place in Johannesburg, and Smith was taken to Fourways Life Hospital after the incident. On his Facebook page, Smith also shared graphic images (NSFW/NSFL) of the damage left by the lions.

Smith’s father, Brian, reached out to his son via Facebook following the incident, “So glad it's not worse. Very lucky lad. You will be in pain for weeks. I think u should cut your losses and get on the next plane home after hospital. Take care.”

This terrifying Safari incident is nothing new. Travelers who do not respect the power of Mother Nature have paid the price, and as reported by earlier this month, the lions now understand how to open vehicle doors.

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