It is suspected the lion escaped from its cage and attacked Prinsloo from behind. According to reports, the grandmother fought off the lion to save her grandson. But he suffered severe wounds. Prinsloo was rushed to a local hospital before being airlifted to the Mediclinic Muelmed hospital in Pretoria Central. The medical intervention not helped him. He had two of his neck vertebrae damaged from the attack and a swollen brain that stopped doctors from performing any operation. A support Facebook group was created since the attack. The public group has over 4,000 members with thousands of well wishes and condolences before and after Kristian Prinsloo’s death.