Seaview lion cub NZ volunteer’s unlikely saviour

Ian Evans

FEW people can say a lion saved their life – especially not one that bit them.

But New Zealander Katie Krivan, 32, believes Carrie, a lion at the Seaview Lion Park, saved her from breast cancer when it pounced on her and gave her a nip.

Krivan was working as a volunteer at the lion park last year when the exuberant cub bounded over and bit her. Although the bite was not serious, she kept an eye on the wound and the following month discovered a lump.

“It’s all really weird but without Carrie biting me, I’d probably not have noticed the lump and gone to see a doctor. Without being bitten, I’m not sure I’d have spotted it early enough.”

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