The 35 years old Colombian “She Wolf” singer Shakira got petrified when a crazy sea lion mistook the blackberry in her hand to be a fish and rushed towards her violently during her ongoing nature tour in Cape Town, South Africa. Luckily her brother whom she called “Super Tony”, which could map to either of the two half brothers she has; Tonino and Antonio, was around and came to her rescue saving the day for her. Shakira and her brother suffered minor injuries whereas the sea lion escaped from the area unharmed.
Shakira described the whole incident on her official Facebook fan page as:
“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.”
She further wrote:
“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.”
Shakira tried to find what caused the 1000 pound normally calm beast to react so violently and found that:
“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.”
Despite the horrific episode Shakira seems to be feeling well now as she later wrote:
“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!”
We are happy to see that the sea lion couldn’t spoil the rest of the vacation and the Valentines day for Shakira.