Things could have gone much worse with the lion for these tourists, and it would have been entirely their fault.
In a video posted in 2014 by the park, two young tourists lean out of an open window in order to snap a few pictures of a lion and lioness nearby. Now, this is a blatant disregard for the park’s rules, which are in place both for the safety of the tourists and the animals as well. The park’s rules clearly state that no part of the body is to protrude from a vehicle, including a window or sunroof, except in designated areas.
And in the video, the lion tells the tourists just what he thinks of them infringing on his territory. He rumbles a foreboding warning growl and soon thereafter rises from his sunbathing spot and leaves, his lioness by his side.
It’s important to note that if the lion had decided to attack, there wouldn’t have been enough time for the tourists to pop back inside the car and roll the window back up to its proper position. He could have done worse–much worse–than a mere growl before stalking away with his mate.
This is a cautionary tale for those who are considering taking part in a safari. Always follow the rules set in place. They are there for your own good! Safaris can be an exciting way to survey the wonders of nature, but you’re risking a lot, your own life, for example, if you neglect to follow the rules. Furthermore, parents need to be responsible for ensuring their children know and follow the safari rules as well.
Watch the stomach-knotting moment when the lion growls his warning to the foolish tourists:
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