Shakira hurt dodging seal attack in SA

2012-02-14 22:30
Cape Town - Colombian pop singer Shakira was injured while trying to dodge a seal attack while holidaying on a Cape Town beach, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.

The singer blamed her BlackBerry for sparking the attack - suggesting the seal mistook the shiny black phone for a fish, the report said.

The 35-year-old Hips Don't Lie singer immediately alerted fans to the situation, posting on her Twitter account, "Omg what just happened to me! I was attacked by a sea lion!" before taking to Facebook to provide additional details and photographs in a "special report".

The incident occurred at the weekend.

Shakira wrote on Facebook on Monday that she decided to get closer to a group of seals because she thought they were cute, when one suddenly jumped out of the water and came within 30cm of her, the website said.

"[It] looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me," she wrote.

She was paralysed by fear and was rescued by her brother, who she dubbed "Super Tony" and credited with "saving her life.

"We both got our hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect ourselves," she wrote.

"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,", the New York Post reported her as saying


  • Jim - 2012-02-14 23:00

    Wow - what an injury, slight graze on hand... I love Shakira, but really, is this news?

      Cindy Jacobus - 2012-02-14 23:13

      Not news worthy at all... Walkin towards an animal in da wild cos it's 'cute', my word woman! I wudve rather kept my mouth shut..eish!

      Jonathon - 2012-02-15 08:12

      Aaaah celebrities lol the thing probably flinched meters away and she sh-t herself hahaha :-D

      karen.glautier - 2012-02-15 09:21

      Now that Heidi Klum is moving on Seal has his eye on Shakira........ Lol

      John - 2012-02-15 09:32

      Who doesn't want to do "Waka-Waka" with Shakira? .... I bet the attacking seal was singing: "Whenever, wherever....We're meant to be together"

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-02-15 09:43

      Welcome to Africa - if the wildlife don't get you...

      Merven - 2012-02-15 10:52

      I'll kiss her better. Ja nee, Africa is not for sissies ;-)

      Stefanus - 2012-02-15 12:18

      ITS A PITY THE SEAL DIDN'T GAUGE HER EYES OUT. These "celebrities need to be lined up and shot!

      Dreyer - 2012-02-15 12:46

      @Stefanus your stupid Sh!!

      Peter - 2012-02-15 14:03

      Millions dying from starvation and Egypt in turmoil, and this is what we get to read about in the news??? Someone help us all.

      Riaad - 2012-02-15 14:38

      Her next title track: "Don't bite the hand that feeds!"

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-02-15 15:44

      Africa is not for sissies.

      atomasicchio - 2012-02-15 17:13

      Well you read it, didn't you?

  • Daniel Machet - 2012-02-14 23:24

    Omg... can't stop laughing - i think shakira is the one mistaking identity... she mistook herself for the crocodile hunter. I think we should petition national parks to deny her entry to kruger - last thing we need is for her to go wildlife petting

  • Gavin - 2012-02-15 00:44

    injury??? lol

      Grant - 2012-02-15 11:48

      They could have at least WARNED us about the graphic nature of the embedded pictures!! I just threw up my breakfast!! SOOO MUCHH BLOOODDD!!!!

  • Grant - 2012-02-15 03:20

    The story has been made up.

      Shilly Maelane - 2012-02-15 06:02

      No it's not... This is Shakira we're talking about "her hips don't lie"... Lol

  • Silvana - 2012-02-15 05:07

    LOL She was "holidaying on a Cape Town beach". Couldn't she afford a hotel.

      Heiku - 2012-02-15 14:01

      LOL sounds like my matric holiday

  • Silvana - 2012-02-15 05:09

    I've done myself more injury with a cheese grater.

      Grant - 2012-02-15 11:49

      Maybe it mistook your hand for a piece of cheese?

  • Blane - 2012-02-15 06:10

    She can come to my house to recover from her wounds

  • Marius Koen - 2012-02-15 06:26

    Yeah,watch out. You are in Africa now!

  • sadiemy - 2012-02-15 06:32

    Is a sea lion and a seal the same thing?

      madelene.smith - 2012-02-15 09:08

      No, it's not. You can have a look here if you're interested:

  • Ig - 2012-02-15 06:48

    Thank the stars it is her hand, such a beautiful body....

  • Nigel - 2012-02-15 06:48

    at least she wasn't bitten by a "young lion", with a flapping lips. she would have had rabies

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-15 07:07

    Show us the rest of her - not just the dinged hand.

  • Randy Mongatane - 2012-02-15 07:10

    Oh Ok, she must Just Be Strong! Whoa wait thought she's a She-Wolf, hawu wolves are afraid of seals?

  • colleen.figg - 2012-02-15 07:45

    what an unprecendented nightmare....*rollseyes*

  • 2zbunu - 2012-02-15 07:47

    Ag man this is a trivial attack come on lady(Shakira). You call bruises an attack.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-15 07:49

    The seal isn't dumb, it wanted YOU! Don't blame the BB. What makes you think a BB looks like a fish? And does a fish live in mid-air?

      Rodney - 2012-02-15 10:37

      Strangely this happens just after a tragic Grammy weekend. Attention seeking or what? Couldnt she just BBM the 'cute' beings from a safe distance?

  • Duncan - 2012-02-15 08:35

    RIM will be hearing about this! The new Blackberry 'Fish' now with seal signalling capabilities - and a HD camera to record your encounters ;)

  • Preshen - 2012-02-15 08:38

    the seal is xenophobic

  • J-Man - 2012-02-15 08:55

    Pathetic to say the least.

  • Tracy - 2012-02-15 08:57

    WTF, did she think that our seals are tame??? She wanted to get closer - how stupid is that.

      Grant - 2012-02-15 11:53

      She heard that Heidi Klum got pretty close to one...

  • Gavin - 2012-02-15 08:59

    What the hell is wrong with you folks! Personally I am proud that she chose Cape Town to wind down .. thank you Shakira!!

      Bibi - 2012-02-15 11:15

      of course we welcome all visitors but that has nothing to do with a minor scratch on her hand. It is a non-event.

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  • Craig - 2012-02-15 09:12

    What a load of cr@p, she scratch her hand while been bloody stupid, keep away from large wild animals moron.

  • Niel - 2012-02-15 09:25


  • desiree.nash2 - 2012-02-15 09:26

    its.a.wild.animal. you would no less approach a polar bear thinking its cute. come on people

  • Pieter - 2012-02-15 09:27

    stupid is the only word that comes to mind - and so ignorant in fact that she blames her blackberry and not herself. And a scratch like that does not qualify as an injury - and it's self inflicted. She was not attacked, she was chased away. come on shakira - own up to doing something stupid and got away easy - and maybe some stupid american or japanese tourist can learn from your "near miss" incident.

  • Fidel - 2012-02-15 09:27

    No wonder Gerald Pique has been out of sorts lately.

  • lydonmcg - 2012-02-15 09:37

    Eish...what "interesting" "news."

  • ian.klopper - 2012-02-15 09:56

    Could have been killed....... :-) Must have been the 'fish' the seal was after :-0

      Mattewis - 2012-02-15 10:17

      I bet if she's in a black wet suit and her hips are busy "not lying", the seal won't be thinking of fish and may have other plans!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-15 09:58

    The seal must've wanted a piece of that fine specimen known as Shakira:) people, haha, stop hating. I'm sure it wanted to kidnap her and force for a private performance of 'Rabiosa' ;) I love that song.

  • Mohsin - 2012-02-15 10:01

    errrr? scratched hand makes headlines????? haha doesn't the world have bigger issues like legalise weed?

  • Rene - 2012-02-15 10:11

    SERIOUSLY??? Is that the "injury"???? Oh, come on!!! Surely there is something more interesting to report about!!

  • Mattewis - 2012-02-15 10:12

    Wow! I hope she recovers soon from this near-fatal wound!

  • elspeth.hassall - 2012-02-15 10:15

    WHAT happened to the BB?????

      Stefanus - 2012-02-15 14:02

      it was eaten by sea rion

  • Paula - 2012-02-15 10:24

    oH MY goodness the prognosis is not looking good.We talking of potential amputation...Come on girl stop being a sissy.

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-02-15 10:24


  • Rodney - 2012-02-15 10:28

    Surely a Darwin award candidate, this Shakira girl. Next time natural selection won't miss!

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-02-15 10:31

    Are shame, you should try our Great whites next.

  • cliff.drysdale - 2012-02-15 10:33

    I don't see a seal in this picture? why you blaming a seal, where is the proof. looks like a cigarette burn...

  • Jaques - 2012-02-15 10:43

    How is this news???????

  • Christina - 2012-02-15 10:53

    celebrities and thier attention seeking!!! boring...

  • Bibi - 2012-02-15 11:13

    Media24 you should be ashamed. When I looked at the headlines, I thought that the seal at least bit her nose of and she was airlifted to hospital. The little scratch no more serious than a paper cut does not deserve this much attention. Oh by the way readers, behore she wens to bed she also went to the loo - somebody heard her toilet flush.

  • Atang - 2012-02-15 11:18


  • Rudolph - 2012-02-15 11:21

    Looks serious. Think I need to keep her under observation for a while.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-02-15 11:28

    Bwahahaahahahahaha... very cute yet surprise surprise still wild and you are approaching them... probably a fearful mom protecting her young... This isnt News... this is gossip

  • Pietertjie - 2012-02-15 11:51

    I like her, but not her stupidity. Did she expect to get that close to a wild animal and get a smile? Stupid. And it was not a big thing at all to put on the news, come on America, there are better things happening out there that you can tell the world about, not these, or is it that you dont have any thing productive to do??

  • Pietertjie - 2012-02-15 11:52

    Stop acting like kids, you are old wemen.

  • Greg - 2012-02-15 12:16

    1605 - 02/15/2012 The death of Journalism

  • wilma.grebe - 2012-02-15 12:51

    Fisrt she was attacked by a sea lion and then a seal jumped out of the water, looked her in the eye, mind you, and ROARRRED in fury? Picture that one. Must have been hilarious. And then came the self inflicted injury by scrambling up rocks. Drama queen if you ask me, LOL!!!

  • schoeman.charlene - 2012-02-15 13:33