Poor Shakira! A sea lion attacked the Colombian crooner in South Africa this weekend. Don’t worry, though: the ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer is okay. So, what exactly happened?
During Shakira’s vacation in Cape Town this weekend, she and her group wanted to get closer to some seals and sea lions because, well, they’re freakin’ adorable! However, the animals may not have wanted the company.
Shakira says that she was speaking to the animals in a baby voice, taking photos and trying to pet them when one of the sea lions lunged at her. “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,” Shakira posted on her Facebook page. “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.”
Yikes! So why did the sea lion attack her? She suspects that it was a bit hungry — and it mistook Shakira’s cellphone for its lunch. “I believe what happened is that it confused the shiny reflection of the BlackBerry I was taking these pics with,” Shakira explained, “with some sort of fish. It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it.”
Luckily, Shakira’s just fine and even has a sense of humor about the incident. ”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,” she wrote. “Oh well, I can’t say that anymore!! Now I’m off to see some penguins! I hope they are a bit more friendly!”