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Pop star Shakira attacked by sea lion

London, Feb 15 Pop star Shakira was attempting to take a picture of a sea lion, which thought her mobile phone was a fish and attacked her. The singer suffered minor scratches.

The 35-year-old “Hips Don’t Lie” singer was busy trying to capture a good photograph of the animal, when it jumped out of the water and tried to bite her, thinking that her phone was a fish. Shakira’s brother pulled her away from the beast, but the brother-sister duo couldn’t manage without few bruises, reports thesun.co.uk.

Shakira posted a blog and pictures of the incident, which happened last weekend during her holiday in Cape Town, South Africa.

“This afternoon I happened to see some sea lions and seals. I thought how cute they were so decided to get closer than all of the other tourists and went down to a rock. Suddenly, one jumped out of the water so fast that it got about one foot away from me, looked me in the eye, roared in fury and tried to bite me.

“Everyone there screamed, including me. I was paralysed 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. We both got our hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect ourselves.

“I believe it confused the reflection of the BlackBerry phone I was taking pics with, with some sort of fish. It thought I was teasing it with food.”

Shakira later posted a picture of her with some penguins.

She wrote: “Today with the penguins! Definitely friendlier!”

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