Caged bear rips open girl's arm

2012-04-20 10:10
The Asian black bear which clawed a 16-year-old girl who stood too close to its cage on a Free State game farm. (Volksblad)

The Asian black bear which clawed a 16-year-old girl who stood too close to its cage on a Free State game farm. (Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - A 16-year-old girl was injured by a bear during an outing with a church group to a game farm in Hoopstad.

Volksblad reported that Charina van der Watt, 16, had to get more than 40 stitches to her left arm after it was ripped open by an Asian black bear last weekend. She was apparently in a lot of pain and nauseous.

The girl’s mother said she was shocked to hear that her daughter had been attacked by a bear. She thought the children were going fishing.

Reverend Chris Erasmus, who accompanied the children, said the children were taken to the farm of well-known game farmer Shorty Durand. There are also lions and tigers on the farm.

Erasmus said Charina had apparently stood with her back to the cage containing the bear. It stuck out its claw and the girl got a fright. As she jerked away, her arm was hit by the bear claw.

Erasmus said the girl was not seriously injured but her mother said she was worried about her as the wound had become infected.
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