Local Woman Vacationing In Zimbabwe Attacked By Lion

SAN DIEGO — A dream vacation turned into a nightmare for an East County woman who was attacked by a lion while on a safari with her husband in Zimbabwe.Colleen Garbaczewski and her husband, who live in the quiet Singing Hills neighborhood near Rancho San Diego, were on a lion walk at Victoria Falls, according to a family friend.Video of lion walks show people walking near lions. Some even sit with the lions and even pet them. For Garbaczewski, something went terribly wrong. Though the details are still unclear, the attack left Garbaczewski with what her family said were non life-threatening injuries.

“It’s terrible. That’s horrible,” said Joseph Kalfayan, who has lived near the couple for 10 years.Garbaczewski is an executive with Pacific Coast Rentals and is also involved in the community. She supports a charity that helps children with Down syndrome and she’s involved with Canine Companions, a group that trains service dogs.Kalfayan had this message for his friend: “I wish her good health, the best of luck and a quick recovery.”10News spoke with one member of the Garbaczewski family on Friday night who said that Garbaczewski is recovering well and should be home soon.

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