A photo shows Chantal Beyer, 24, a safari tourist in South Africa, the moment before a rhino gored her from behind. Beyer poses with her husband while on a safari tour in South Africa.
According to the Daily Mail, Beyer, her husband Sven Fouche, and a group of tourists were on a game drive with Alex Richter, a safari guide employed by Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve near Muldersdrift, South Africa.
The Telegraph reports the guide stopped the jeep close to a group of wild white rhinos and urged the group to get out of the vehicle and get close to the rhinos.
The group took turns to take photos in front of the rhinos.
According to the Afrikaans-language newspaper the Beeld, after Beyer and her husband got out from the jeep, Richter encouraged them to stand close to the animals. The Beeld reports that Richter assured them it was safe to approach the animals and offered to take the photo.
The Telegraph reports that Richter even used food to "coax" the animals closer.
The photo shows Beyer and her husband Fouche, standing close to two white rhinos which, according to the Daily Mail, may weigh up to two tons and stand as tall as 1.8 meters.
Aloe Ridge Hotel/The Beeld
Beyer and her husband posing for photo moments before she was gored
The large bull rhino standing behind the couple in the photo rushed up suddenly and pierced Beyer from behind with its horn, a few seconds after the photograph was snapped. Beyer suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs, the Daily Mail reports.
She was taken into the intensive care unit at Krugersdorp Hospital.The bachelor of commerce student from Johannesburg is reportedly now in a stable condition, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Her uncle told the Beeld: "There were quite a few young people on the vehicle and they probably felt they could trust Richter, who was an adult."
ABC News reports that the Aloe Ridge Hotel and Nature Reserve where the incident took place is about 25 miles from Johannesburg. The hotel which boasts that it offers "a true African safari experience" lists rhinos among the animals visitors can see at "close range."
Travelers Today reports rhinos are an endangered species. According to the website, "they are threatened by poachers as there is a high demand for rhino horn in Vietnam. More than 650 rhinos were killed in 2012 for their horns."