While visiting Cape Town in South Africa, pop singer Shakira got too close to some local sea life and got a show of her own. She commented on the incident on her Facebook page in great detail. Obviously she does't watch very much Animal Planet or Discovery or she would know that wild animals are not just animated stuffed toys.
Here's a couple candid comments from her post about an attack from a sea lion:
"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."
"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."
"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."
Take a look at some Twitter reactions:
Shakira has just been attacked by a sea lion in sth Africa. It's a bad day when even aquatic mammals hate your music!
— Merrick Watts (@MerrickWatts) February 14, 2012
A Sea Lion tried to kill @shakira !!!! Why are all my faves life in danger . Had that sea lion done something to my shak, I'd nuke the ocean
— John Polanco (@johnpolanco00) February 12, 2012
#shakira been attacked by a Sea lion that explains the hideous noise she makes then!!!!!
— Andy Hegarty (@hegstar) February 14, 2012
In retaliation for that dreadful WC song. RT @Sentletse: Shakira was attacked by a sea lion on Sunday here in South Africa where she...
— Johnny Sober (@JohnnySober) February 14, 2012
— Bron (@essentiallybron) February 14, 2012
It was a close call for Shakira, but it would have been nice if one of the other tourists had explained to her that going down into a wild creatures habitat is same thing as a member of the press climbing to her second story window to snap photos as she leaves the bath; it will piss you off! You were not mistaken for a fish, just viewed as an intruder. Funny story though, thanks for sharing Shakira.