While on a wildlife tour of the Serengeti there’s quite a few rules and regulations you need to follow. Not for the tour guide’s benefit, but more so for yourself.
Numero uno of those rules should be ‘don’t touch the damn animals’. This is because you may be susceptible to a disease/virus, a cheeky monkey could steal your camera and wallet (because it’s fun) or – and this is the worst one – a big ass predator could turn you into its latest hors d’oeuvre.
But some people always have to learn the hard way. As proven by this video which shows a member of a safari tour group attempting to stroke a lion.
Towards the end of the video two men attempt to get a bit too close for comfort with a lion who is right outside of the car door, with one of the men attempting to put his hand out to the window. What in the world was running through his mind to make him think ‘Yeah, this seems like a good idea?’. Maybe he was offering an olive branch between man and beast.
I guess the lion had other ideas and thought ‘Hmm, I’ve never had human before. Maybe he’s offering me a free sample’. As soon as the man’s hand went out of the window the lion snarled and showed its fangs, prompting him to quickly withdraw it and close the window.
I know Lions are part of the cat family but these are definitely not the kind you want to be stroking, you’re not Dr Doolittle.
Shot by Wildlife Sightings, in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the short clip shows the person’s arm reaching out for one of the Lions, who was seeking a bit if shade near their car. According to IFL! Science these huge predators can grow to three metres long (10-feet) and weigh more than 181 kilograms (400 pounds).
A spokesperson on behalf of Wildlife Sightings said the tourist was ‘incredibly stupid and ignorant’.
While Lions may seek shade under vehicles, they state:
… this doesn’t mean that they trust humans.
To try to touch [a lion] is incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting.
Speaking to The Sun a South African safari ranger, Naas Smith, explained:
It could also just have easily crashed its way through the open window and torn into those inside. They were lucky to get away with it. They are wild animals who concluded that park rangers would probably have had to euthanize the lion if it had killed or injured the tourist.
Just ask pro rugby star Scott Baldwin if he’d ever try to pet a lion again…
In March of this year a zookeeper was mauled to death by a lion after he forgot to lock up its enclosure properly, according to reports.
The keeper was cleaning out the creature’s cage when he forgot to lock the gate, and the lion managed to escape and pounce on the 28-year-old.
Gustavo Serrano Carabajal was bitten in the neck, and other workers at the zoo found his body in the enclosure of the lion at the zoo in Mexico.
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