1The film editor who was killed by a lioness while on safari in Africa
Katherine Chappell, a special effects editor on Game Of Thrones, was killed by a lion while on safari in South Africa. She was just 29 years old.
Chappell was in South Africa to raise money for a charitable organization but was killed during a ride through a safari park. As she tried to take photos, a lion jumped through an open window and killed her.
The tour guide, Pierre Potgieter, is opening up about the horrific accident and insists that he and Katherine were not driving with the windows down. Rather, she rolled hers down at the last minute to take a photograph when the lion attacked.
“The tourist had a camera and, of her own accord, rolled down the passenger window to take photographs. A lion then attacked the tourist through the open window,” Mrs. Potgieter, Pierre's wife, said. “Mr. Potgieter tried to fend the lioness off and in the process sustained injuries to the arm.”
When the lion finally backed off, Pierre tried to stop Katherine's profuse bleeding, but it was too late – she passed away while paramedics were treating her. Pierre reportedly suffered a heart attack during or after the scary ordeal.
2The drunk man who was killed after jumping into a tiger enclosure
A man was killed by an endangered tiger after jumping into its moat at an Indian zoo.
The 22-year-old man, Maqsood, is said to have been under the influence of alcohol when he climbed into a white tiger enclosure in Dehli. Witnesses say he entered the area despite several attempts by zoo security to keep him away from the tigers.
Once inside the enclosure, the tiger grabbed him by the neck as terrified onlookers began throwing sticks and stones at the animal to try to save him. Authorities eventually frightened the tiger into a small cage. The man, whose body remained in the outdoor enclosure two hours after the attack, was dead by the time help reached him.
3The killer swan that was blamed for a man's death by drowning
For a decade, Anthony Hensley regularly tended to the mute swans at the Bay Colony Drive condo complex in Colorado, which were used to keep the geese away. In 2012, while checking on the birds one moved towards him, causing him to roll off his kayak and into the water.
Mute swans are one of the heaviest flying birds, with males averaging about 24 to 26 pounds. They are extremely aggressive and attack by smashing at their victims with bony spurs which are located in their wings. They also bite with their large bill.
Hensley didn't stand a chance – the big bird lunged at him as he tried to swim to shore. He was dragged underwater by the weight of his boots and clothes and drowned.
After his death, Anthony's wife, Amy Hensley, filed a lawsuit against the Bay Colony Drive complex, Hillcrest Property Management and Knox Swan and Dog for not realizing the potential dangers involved in the job. As of this writing, the suit is still ongoing.
4The man who was killed by a crocodile while retrieving golf balls
A crocodile killed a man while he was retrieving golf balls from a dam called Lake Panic at South Africa's flagship wildlife reserve.
29-year-old Jacques van der Sandt disappeared under the water at a golf course next to a staff residential area within the park boundaries, according to Kruger National Park officials. The crocodile attacked the man while he was standing at waist height in the water and reaching to feel for golf balls on the bottom of the dam.
Rangers killed the crocodile after a two-hour search following the attack, according to a park statement.
5The chef who was killed by a decapitated snake
A chef in the Guangdong province of China was fatally bitten by the decapitated head of an Indochinese spitting cobra 20 minutes after separating it from its body.
Chef Peng Fan had been preparing the reptile for diced snake soup when the incident happened.
According to herpetologists (snake experts), a snake can stay active for about an hour after their head or another body part has been removed.
Pen died before reaching the hospital.
6The hunter who was killed by an elephant while leading a hunt
A big game hunter was trampled to death by an elephant while leading a hunt with an American client in Zimbabwe in April 2015.
55-year-old Ian Gibson was tracking animals in Chewore North in the lower Zambezi Valley of Zimbabwe when the young bull elephant “began a full charge.”
Gibson's death was detailed on the website Safari Classics:
It appears that Ian and his client had been on the tracks of an elephant bull for approximately 5 hours when they decided to take a break and allow the client to rest. Feeling he was quite close to the elephant, Ian and his tracker Robert continued to follow the tracks in hopes of getting a look at the ivory as the client, stayed with the game scout to rest. Robert indicated the bull was in musk. They eventually caught up to the bull, spotting him at about 50-100 meters. The bull instantly turned and began a full charge. Ian and Robert began shouting to stop the charge. At very close range, Ian was able to get off one shot before the bull killed him. The scene was very graphic.
The same company lost a staff member when hunter Owain Lewis was killed by a buffalo in 2012.
It is not known if the elephant was killed in the incident.
7The fisherman who was impaled by a swordfish he speared
In May 2015, a swordfish impaled a Hawaiian fisherman after having been speared by the fisherman itself.
47-year-old Randy Llanes speared the fish, but as it struggled to escape the spear's line, it got tangled in a mooring anchor. Caught on the anchor, the fish swam back around toward Llanes at a high speed and struck him in the chest with its 3-foot bill.
Llanes was quickly pulled from the water, and emergency personnel arrived minutes later. CPR attempts proved unable to revive him, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. Llanes was pronounced dead at the hospital.
8The man who was killed by a black bear while sleeping at a campsite
27-year-old Daniel Ward Folland O'Connor, known as Ward, was killed by a bear while his girlfriend slept in their motorhome at a small forest service campground about 10 kilometers from Mackenzie, British Columbia, Canada.
When Wallace woke up, Ward, who she had left sleeping by a campfire, was gone. There was a trail of blood from their campsite, said Ward's father, Danny O'Connor. "She followed the blood trail to find him, but the bear was gone when she got there because she was doing a lot of screaming for him," he said.
With no cell service, Wallace got in their car at about 9:30 a.m. and drove to get his father. The elder O' Connor rushed to the campground and started searching through the bush for his son. "When I got there the bear was there," standing over his son's body, he said. "I couldn't go closer."
O'Connor sat in his truck and waited for RCMP and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service to arrive. Shortly after that, they shot a wolf, as they were still unsure what had killed Ward. They then spotted a large male black bear weighing an estimated 140 kilograms and shot it as well.
It's not clear why the man was attacked, nor has it been confirned if food or garbage were what brought the bear to Ward's campsite.