Somehow in all of the Whitney Houston drama over the weekend, we missed this special episode of When Animals Attack Pop Stars: Shakira almost met her doom at the hands (paws? flippers?) of a sea lion.
According to a post on her Facebook page, the “Hips Don’t Lie” singer was trying to take a picture of the animal with her Blackberry while on vacation in Cape Town, South Africa, when it jumped out of the water, “roared in fury” and tried to bite her. She wrote that her brother saved her life.
Here’s the full post:
“This afternoon I happened to see some sea lions and seals. I thought to myself how cute they were so I decided to get a bit closer than all of the other tourists and went down to a rock trying to pet them doing a baby talk while taking pictures… Suddenly, one of them jumped out of the water so fast and impetuously that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me. Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralyzed by fear and couldn’t move, I just kept eye contact with it while my brother ‘Super Tony’ jumped over me and literally saved my life, taking me away from the beast. We both got our hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect ourselves. I believe what happened is that it confused the shiny reflection of the blackberry I was taking these pics with, with some sort of fish. It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it. Wow! It’s funny that only half an hour before I was complaining to my guide Andrew that I never get to see wild animals up close on adventurous trips. Oh well, I can’t say that anymore!! Now I’m off to see some penguins! I hope they are a bit more friendly!”
And a picture of the “beast”:
And Shakira’s ensuing injury:
The as-yet unidentified sea lion is still at large. We wish Shakira a speedy recovery.