Dad's anger as lion attacks car

Dad's anger as lion attacks car

Horrified: Dolphus Boswell with his damaged tyre

Dad's anger as lion attacks car

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by

A HORRIFIED father has told of a fearful five minutes he waited for help as a lion attacked his vehicle at West Midland Safari Park.

Dolphus Boswell said he watched in horror as the big cat gnawed at his back tyre during a trip to the popular Bewdley attraction to celebrate his son Zacchaeus’s ninth birthday.

He told The Shuttle that despite desperately beeping his horn for help no-one came to his rescue for about five minutes.

Mr Boswell, of Stourport, has now hit out at the park, claiming it left him and his son in danger as they were stuck in a queue of traffic with no means of escape.

“Why was I allowed to be alone for five minutes with the lion on my tyre?” he said. “What if he had smashed my side window? I would have been dead and my son would have been dead.”

He said the lion left about six punctures in his tyre during the incident, on Friday, August 30, adding he managed to remain calm for the sake of his son.

“I saw this lion coming towards my lorry about 100 ft away and I thought ‘what’s going on here?’,”

he explained. “It was walking slowly and when it came to the back tyre it started ripping it so I started sounding my horn.

“I couldn’t move my vehicle because there were cars in front and behind. I didn’t know what to do. A man came in a Land Rover and moved the lion away. I asked why he had taken five minutes and he said he had only got the phone call.”

“I’m annoyed. It was scary and it ruined my son’s birthday. It shouldn’t happen.”

The park paid for the repairs to his tyre and offered him wristbands, which he refused, as he had to return his son home.

He said he had yet to receive an explanation from the safari park about what went wrong.

A spokeswoman said they could not comment on the issue.

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7:42am Mon 23 Sep 13

Smurf24 says...

Thought you were going to die REALLY!!! What did you think the lion was going to do put a brick through your window. You were in a lorry for heavens sake!
Thought you were going to die REALLY!!! What did you think the lion was going to do put a brick through your window. You were in a lorry for heavens sake! Smurf24
  • Score: 46

9:02am Mon 23 Sep 13

Bcfc1186 says...

What a prat!!
What a prat!! Bcfc1186
  • Score: 39

9:34am Mon 23 Sep 13

summer2000 says...

You cannot blame the lion you have entered into there land. You cant train the animal not todo those things the animals have the right to roam around what are you expecting all animals to be in a cage Theyre wild what do you expect. Like when the monkeys were there they distroyed how many things but people werent complaining.. people go to the safria park to see these animals as they would see them in the wild.
You cannot blame the lion you have entered into there land. You cant train the animal not todo those things the animals have the right to roam around what are you expecting all animals to be in a cage Theyre wild what do you expect. Like when the monkeys were there they distroyed how many things but people werent complaining.. people go to the safria park to see these animals as they would see them in the wild. summer2000
  • Score: 27

9:43am Mon 23 Sep 13

Graham Price says...

Next week will he complain about the kamikaze fly that nearly came through his windscreen?
Next week will he complain about the kamikaze fly that nearly came through his windscreen? Graham Price
  • Score: 25

12:33pm Mon 23 Sep 13

BewdleyBugle says...

I can't believe how reckless the Safari Park has been, allowing lions onto their premises. Kids can't play conkers at school because of the dreaded 'health and safety', and yet this man was allowed to drive a lorry through a pride of lions with only his large, well-built vehicle as protection.

And I'm assuming that these lions are also foreign animals, coming over to Britain and stealing jobs from our indigenous fauna. You wouldn't have this problem driving through a herd of good old English sheep!
I can't believe how reckless the Safari Park has been, allowing lions onto their premises. Kids can't play conkers at school because of the dreaded 'health and safety', and yet this man was allowed to drive a lorry through a pride of lions with only his large, well-built vehicle as protection. And I'm assuming that these lions are also foreign animals, coming over to Britain and stealing jobs from our indigenous fauna. You wouldn't have this problem driving through a herd of good old English sheep! BewdleyBugle
  • Score: 47

3:03pm Mon 23 Sep 13

lovemonkey says...

Really? A lion in a lion enclosure, whatever next? Reptiles in the reptile house> Food in the café?

Just someone trying for a bit of compo isn't it? Post traumatic stress disorder or something.

Next time, I suggest that he just get a book and look at the pictures as they can't chew your tyres off or kill you when you invade their home in your flat bed.
Really? A lion in a lion enclosure, whatever next? Reptiles in the reptile house> Food in the café? Just someone trying for a bit of compo isn't it? Post traumatic stress disorder or something. Next time, I suggest that he just get a book and look at the pictures as they can't chew your tyres off or kill you when you invade their home in your flat bed. lovemonkey
  • Score: 40

3:46pm Mon 23 Sep 13

Skijumper says...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=kB5ROD4CG
G8
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=kB5ROD4CG G8 Skijumper
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Mon 23 Sep 13

The Fossa says...

Tyre probably tasted of road kill rabbit or something. Surely you can still drive slowly on a flat tyre anyway? Beep your horn and carry on slowly, it's not like if someone broken down and it was trying to smash its way in.
Tyre probably tasted of road kill rabbit or something. Surely you can still drive slowly on a flat tyre anyway? Beep your horn and carry on slowly, it's not like if someone broken down and it was trying to smash its way in. The Fossa
  • Score: 15

6:04pm Mon 23 Sep 13

salesmanswidow says...

Lol what a plonker!
Lol what a plonker! salesmanswidow
  • Score: 27

6:06pm Mon 23 Sep 13

captainscarlet says...

looks like a 7.5 tonne truck not a car !
looks like a 7.5 tonne truck not a car ! captainscarlet
  • Score: 19

6:21pm Mon 23 Sep 13

springer3 says...

Try reading the signs you prat. You enter at your own risk, the park is NOT responsible for any damage. Try using some common sense & leave a space between vehicles in case you need or wish to move. Simple really when you think of it.
Try reading the signs you prat. You enter at your own risk, the park is NOT responsible for any damage. Try using some common sense & leave a space between vehicles in case you need or wish to move. Simple really when you think of it. springer3
  • Score: 21

9:12pm Mon 23 Sep 13

pixelpower says...

What an ignorant, self centred man. It's a Lion. It has space and needs to protect it. I despair about Humanity. Humans seeing nature as their 'entertainment' is sad and pathetic.
What an ignorant, self centred man. It's a Lion. It has space and needs to protect it. I despair about Humanity. Humans seeing nature as their 'entertainment' is sad and pathetic. pixelpower
  • Score: 18

9:12pm Mon 23 Sep 13

pixelpower says...

What an ignorant, self centred man. It's a Lion. It has space and needs to protect it. I despair about Humanity. Humans seeing nature as their 'entertainment' is sad and pathetic.
What an ignorant, self centred man. It's a Lion. It has space and needs to protect it. I despair about Humanity. Humans seeing nature as their 'entertainment' is sad and pathetic. pixelpower
  • Score: 11

9:15pm Mon 23 Sep 13

pixelpower says...

I read the article again. He's a very stupid man. Good job he had his 'lorry' to protect him. What an idiot. OMG my tyres are shredded, PANIC!
I read the article again. He's a very stupid man. Good job he had his 'lorry' to protect him. What an idiot. OMG my tyres are shredded, PANIC! pixelpower
  • Score: 15

9:17pm Mon 23 Sep 13

pixelpower says...

Ruined my son's birthday? I'll bet its the best one he ever had. Better than normal, counting the beans in a tin of beans.
Ruined my son's birthday? I'll bet its the best one he ever had. Better than normal, counting the beans in a tin of beans. pixelpower
  • Score: 18

9:34pm Mon 23 Sep 13

pixelpower says...

No one came to his rescue for 5 minutes, OMG, my hero
No one came to his rescue for 5 minutes, OMG, my hero pixelpower
  • Score: 9

10:44pm Mon 23 Sep 13

vassenden says...

Another one on the compensation hunt. Unbelievable, the park paid for a new tyre, apologised, what more does he want, well of course we know that dont we.i bet he was shouting at the lion through an open window !! thats why it got a bit stroppy, road rage.How quickly did he expect someone to come then, perhaps he thought superman would come flying down and carry his LORRY to safety.
Read the tickets sunshine. I think the park did everything possble for him.
Well done Safari park
Another one on the compensation hunt. Unbelievable, the park paid for a new tyre, apologised, what more does he want, well of course we know that dont we.i bet he was shouting at the lion through an open window !! thats why it got a bit stroppy, road rage.How quickly did he expect someone to come then, perhaps he thought superman would come flying down and carry his LORRY to safety. Read the tickets sunshine. I think the park did everything possble for him. Well done Safari park vassenden
  • Score: 18

12:16am Tue 24 Sep 13

the batshake says...

Someone told me that the meerkat's are distributing pointy sticks to the other animals so they can all do some tyre puncturing, what hateful creatures. If I was that car(?) driver I would sue those lions, they've all got loads of money since disney made 'the lion king'. Then buy hundreds of lion bars with the money and burn them in front of the lion enclosure, that would send them a message. Lions seem to think they can do and say what they like and I for one think its high time they learned their place, they're not even europeans and very few of them speak english or have jobs, why are they even here? Bloody scrougers. My guess is they weren't' trying to puncture the tyre, more likely they were after the wheel trims to sell for crack or catnip and a lot of them hang around in gangs, I've seen them hanging around outside schools telling kids not to listen to their parents or do their homework, something needs to be done........won't somebody think of the children????
Someone told me that the meerkat's are distributing pointy sticks to the other animals so they can all do some tyre puncturing, what hateful creatures. If I was that car(?) driver I would sue those lions, they've all got loads of money since disney made 'the lion king'. Then buy hundreds of lion bars with the money and burn them in front of the lion enclosure, that would send them a message. Lions seem to think they can do and say what they like and I for one think its high time they learned their place, they're not even europeans and very few of them speak english or have jobs, why are they even here? Bloody scrougers. My guess is they weren't' trying to puncture the tyre, more likely they were after the wheel trims to sell for crack or catnip and a lot of them hang around in gangs, I've seen them hanging around outside schools telling kids not to listen to their parents or do their homework, something needs to be done........won't somebody think of the children???? the batshake
  • Score: 21

6:48am Tue 24 Sep 13

Kiddy Echo says...

In a turnaround of events, we have an interview with the Lion on the Kidderminster Echo page this morning at 7:45.
Enjoy.
In a turnaround of events, we have an interview with the Lion on the Kidderminster Echo page this morning at 7:45. Enjoy. Kiddy Echo
  • Score: 8

7:22am Tue 24 Sep 13

Bewdlay says...

Did he sound his horn for 5 minutes or just play that really annoying trumpet sound ? So much damage in a sustained 5 minute attack, it must have been bad if the cars in front or behind couldn't move due to shock. The lad was so traumatised by a lion at the rear of his lorry they had to wait for a hero to move the wing mirror in so he couldn't see the unfolding nightmare. It works out cheaper to buy a safari park ticket than purchase a new tyre - free return ticket too when he needs new windscreen wipers , when giraffes go bad.
Did he sound his horn for 5 minutes or just play that really annoying trumpet sound ? So much damage in a sustained 5 minute attack, it must have been bad if the cars in front or behind couldn't move due to shock. The lad was so traumatised by a lion at the rear of his lorry they had to wait for a hero to move the wing mirror in so he couldn't see the unfolding nightmare. It works out cheaper to buy a safari park ticket than purchase a new tyre - free return ticket too when he needs new windscreen wipers , when giraffes go bad. Bewdlay
  • Score: 13

10:15am Tue 24 Sep 13

Angelfishsolo says...

A spokeswoman said they could not comment on the issue.


That's because she hasn't stopped laughing yet!
A spokeswoman said they could not comment on the issue. That's because she hasn't stopped laughing yet! Angelfishsolo
  • Score: 21

2:05pm Tue 24 Sep 13

Graham Knight says...

“I saw this lion coming towards my lorry about 100 ft away and I thought ‘what’s going on here?’,” A lion in a Lion enclosure and you were wondering whats going on??? Next you might be surprised to find a elephant in the elephant enclosure !!
“I saw this lion coming towards my lorry about 100 ft away and I thought ‘what’s going on here?’,” A lion in a Lion enclosure and you were wondering whats going on??? Next you might be surprised to find a elephant in the elephant enclosure !! Graham Knight
  • Score: 11

5:31pm Tue 24 Sep 13

harryurz says...

He's not taking the damage' lion' down is he?
He'll need to look at his car insurance and check out the' claws' on accidental damage.
But then maybe the 'mane' issue could be personal 'pride'?


Ok I'll get me coat.............
He's not taking the damage' lion' down is he? He'll need to look at his car insurance and check out the' claws' on accidental damage. But then maybe the 'mane' issue could be personal 'pride'? Ok I'll get me coat............. harryurz
  • Score: 16

5:49pm Tue 24 Sep 13

vassenden says...

Harryurz.---------
T V could do with some good comedians, On the basis of that post you could be the next Lenny the Lion.
Harryurz.--------- T V could do with some good comedians, On the basis of that post you could be the next Lenny the Lion. vassenden
  • Score: 1

8:03pm Tue 24 Sep 13

F Fish says...

Any old Lion?
Any old Lion? F Fish
  • Score: 11

8:32pm Tue 24 Sep 13

anychance says...

Careful....there's a large golden one about 100ft away from you right now..Considering that car looks remarkably like a lorry you carnt be to careful...
Careful....there's a large golden one about 100ft away from you right now..Considering that car looks remarkably like a lorry you carnt be to careful... anychance
  • Score: 1

9:12pm Tue 24 Sep 13

vassenden says...

F Fish wrote:
Any old Lion?
Fishing for a laugh then !!
[quote][p][bold]F Fish[/bold] wrote: Any old Lion?[/p][/quote]Fishing for a laugh then !! vassenden
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Wed 25 Sep 13

exasperated** says...

Oh dear...appears this guy likes being in the news. He was in the Worcester news in Oct 2000 because he and his wife assaulted a postman because he smiled at them!! Clearly has issues.
Oh dear...appears this guy likes being in the news. He was in the Worcester news in Oct 2000 because he and his wife assaulted a postman because he smiled at them!! Clearly has issues. exasperated**
  • Score: 7

2:11pm Wed 25 Sep 13

Skijumper says...

Perhaps on his school report it stated minus 10 for attentiveness.Teache
r's comment's at the foot of the report page stated: " Instead of paying attention this pupil continually seeks attention."
"May have not been breast fed in my opinion and has turned out a bit of a TIT!
Perhaps on his school report it stated minus 10 for attentiveness.Teache r's comment's at the foot of the report page stated: " Instead of paying attention this pupil continually seeks attention." "May have not been breast fed in my opinion and has turned out a bit of a TIT! Skijumper
  • Score: 2

11:44am Sat 28 Sep 13

Talk and talk again says...

Oh my, what a great story and what great comments lol. I see his name, Dolphus, means 'noble wolf', not much nobility here and nor is his plight very wolf-like. He's the sort of bloke who'd buy a barbecue and then complain that when he lit it, it was hot. I suggest he learns to read the signs a little more and pay attention to them. And as for WMSP, well done, but please don't let him in again lol lol
Oh my, what a great story and what great comments lol. I see his name, Dolphus, means 'noble wolf', not much nobility here and nor is his plight very wolf-like. He's the sort of bloke who'd buy a barbecue and then complain that when he lit it, it was hot. I suggest he learns to read the signs a little more and pay attention to them. And as for WMSP, well done, but please don't let him in again lol lol Talk and talk again
  • Score: 3

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