The of the man wife who goes by the name of West Mathewson, had followed in a car, and was trying to distract the lions when the attack incident was happening.
Mathewson ran a popular safari lodge, Lion Tree Top Lodge, in the Limpopo province of South Africa.
The lionesses have since been moved to another game lodge and are expected to be released into the wild at a later stage.
The accounts say that the incident happened when one of the lionesses became aggressive towards the other and then suddenly turned her attention to the conservationist who was affectionately known by many as “Uncle West.”
Relatives Mathewson are of the view that the attack on Wednesday could have been as a result of some very rough play.
Following the attack, the lionesses were tranquilized and subsequently taken to an endangered species centre.
Mr Mathewson is said to have rescued these same lions from “canned hunting” – when animals are hunted in an enclosed area, or they are bred to be hunted – and they were kept in an enclosure at his lodge.
It is also recorded that these same lionesses had killed a man working on a neighbouring property after they broke out of the enclosure in 2017.
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