In the blink of an eye, a "cute" sea lion turned into a "beast" according to pop singer Shakira.
The Colombian-born star got up close and personal with some wildlife while vacationing in South Africa. The 35-year-old took to Facebook to explain what happened to her when the sea lions she had attempted to pet lashed out.
"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," posted Shakira. "Everyone there screamed, including me. 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."
The singer escaped with only small scratches on her hands and legs.
"We both got our hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect ourselves. 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. It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it."
She followed-up the post with a picture of herself posing near some penguins, which she described as "definitely friendlier."