Oxford research lion kills tour guide

A 40-year-old tour guide was on Monday morning attacked and killed by a lioness while leading tourists in Victoria Falls.\r\n\r\nQin Terrence Swales, who was employed by Zambezi Heritage, was attacked by a lioness named Nxaha, which is being used by Oxford University for research purposes.\r\n\r\nChief police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the incident.\r\n\r\n“The incident occurred at around 0645 hours when Qin Terrence Swales, who was leading six tourists, was attacked and killed by a lioness called Nxaha,” she said.\r\n\r\nShe said during the tour, the tourists spotted six lions  under a tree and they went nearby.\r\n\r\nIn the process, two cubs came near the tourists in a friendly manner but this was taken differently by their mother, Nxaha who attempted to attack them.\r\n\r\nSwales shouted its name and it retreated.\r\n\r\n“Later on, the lioness came back and it attacked and struck Swales on the neck. He screamed and fell down and the lioness went away,” Snr Asst Comm Charamba said.\r\n\r\nHe sustained deep cuts on the neck and chest and a helicopter was summoned to ferry him to hospital but he died on the way.\r\n\r\nThis is not the first time that lions have attacked and killed people in the country this year.\r\n\r\nIn April, a 14-year-old boy was killed and devoured by a lion while guarding a family maize in Mariga Village in Chapoto near Kanyemba Border Post in Mashonaland Central.\r\n\r\nThe boy, who was in the company of his uncle, was killed and eaten while sleeping at around 3am and only the head was recovered.\r\n\r\nThe incident also follows after another lion, Cecil, which was being used for research purposes by Oxford University was killed by an American dentist in Hwange recently.