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Foolhardy Safari Tourist Learns the Hard Way Why You Should Never Try To Pet a Wild Lion

By Andrew Alpin, 25 June 2018

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In spite of several incidents concerning wild animals and humans taking a bad turn, there are people who never learn. Just a few months ago, we read about how one family in England had the smart idea of getting out of their cars in an English safari park to photograph cheetahs and had to run for their lives instead, and now a similar incident has occurred in Africa although the tourists were lucky to be in their car this time. What they did get was the fright of their lives and all because they thought it would be ok to try and pet a wild lion. Now is that crazy or not?

1Why you should never touch wild animals

The cardinal rule about going on a wild safari is a very obvious one and that is never to touch the animals. Those who do are surely daft to do so. These tourists learned the hard way of what petting a lion can do in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Why you should never touch wild animals

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2A very hot day in the Serengeti

It was a hot sunny day at Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and as usual, there were tourists exploring the area in their SUV’s. One particular SUV had drawn up beside a group of five lions and stopped to admire them.

A very hot day in the Serengeti

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3The Lions decided to seek shade from the SUV

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Being hotter than usual and sensing shade, the lions strode up to the stationary SUV and plonked themselves next to it. Some sat unusually close to the window and one particularly was at less than an arms length away.

The Lions decided to seek shade from the SUV

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4One of the tourists had a wild idea

Needless to say, the tourists inside were both fascinated and overawed at the fact that a group of five lions was seated so close to them. One of course suddenly got some bright ideas and decided to touch one of them through the window as if she was about to pet a pussycat instead of a wild lion. Now you can’t get more ignorant than that can you?

One of the tourists had a wild idea

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5She actually went to pet a lion

The woman rolled down the window of the SUV, reached her hand through the window and start petting the animals thick fur. Somehow was she expecting the animal to start purring? Because that definitely wasn’t going to happen.

She actually went to pet a lion

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