Gauteng man saves wife from rhino

2013-01-16 09:18
Chantal Weyer and her husband Zven Fouché just moments before she was attacked. (Supplied)

Chantal Weyer and her husband Zven Fouché just moments before she was attacked. (Supplied)

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Pretoria - A Gauteng man probably saved the life of his wife who was being attacked by a rhino at a West Rand game reserve.

Zven Fouché saw the animal was about to storm at his wife, Chantal, but managed to drag her under a game drive vehicle, Beeld reported.

The rhino's horn had already penetrated the woman's chest from behind, on the right, almost exiting through her shoulder and resulting in a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

 “It was a heroic deed, without a doubt,” said family spokesperson Thom Peeters.

 “If it hadn’t been for Zven, I don’t know what would’ve happened.”

The game drive at the Aloe Ridge Game Reserve had been a wedding present to the couple who got married a month ago.

The rhino attack came after the owner of the game reserve stopped their game drive vehicle and encouraged visitors to get out and pose for photos with the rhinos, despite signs warning signs all over the reserve telling visitors not to get out of cars.

The woman was still in ICU in a Krugersdorp hospital.

A Beeld reader told the newspaper that her daughter had been bitten by a zebra at Aloe Ridge six years ago.

“We asked if it was safe for the zebras to graze so close to the restaurant and we were told it is totally safe,” told Marietta Wieschnewski.

The owner of the reserve refused to comment.

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