Next time Shakira coos over sea lions, she may want to leave her Blackberry at home.
The 34-year-old Colombian pop star, known for hits such as "Hips Don't Lie" and "Whenever, Wherever," What says a "beast" of a sea lion attacked her during a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday and that thanks to her brother, "Super Tony," she survived the incident with just scratches.
"This afternoon I happened to see some sea lions and seals," Shakira said on her Facebook page, in a message titled "Special Report: Attacked by a Sea Lion." "I thought to myself how cute they were so I decided to get a bit closer than all of the other tourists and went down to a rock trying to pet them doing a baby talk while taking pictures."
"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," she said. "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."
Shakira posted a photo of what appeared to be a pea-sized wound and scratch on her left hand as well as a shot of a sea lion swimming and a close-up on one sitting on a surface, above the water (pictured above).
The singer said she and her brother got their hands and legs scratched by the rocks while trying to protect themselves from the animal and has a theory as to what could have provoked it.
"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," she said. "It probably thought I was teasing it with food and then taking it away from it. Wow! It's funny that only half an hour before I was complaining to my guide Andrew that I never get to see wild animals up close on adventurous trips. Oh well, I can't say that anymore!!"
"Now I'm off to see some penguins!" she added. "I hope they are a bit more friendly."
They were indeed.
"Definitely friendlier!" Shakira Tweeted later that day, alongisde a photo of her sitting on a rock with several of the birds in the background (pictured above).