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Heart-stopping moment tourist attempts to pat wild lion

Heart-stopping moment tourist attempts to pat wild lion
18 Jun
6:51

One brazen tourist’s safari encounter has gone viral after an attempt to pat a lion in the wild almost turns savage.

The nail-biting footage shows the moment a tourist reaches out of the safety of their safari vehicle to stroke a fully-grown male lion with its back turned.

Clearly displeased, the king of the jungle turns around and bares his teeth before unleashing a mighty roar, while another frightened passenger pleads to “close the window”.

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YouTube channel Wildlife Sightings uploaded the full clip last week, with the title “Dumbest tourist ever”. In just a few days, it’s received almost half a million views and hundreds of comments, with online critics labelling the move “suicidal” among other things.

Image: YouTube/ Wildlife Sightings

“Lions in the open plains of the Mara and Serengeti occasionally use a vehicles shade as cover when there are no trees in sight,” the video caption explains.

“This doesn’t mean that they trust humans but only the vehicles. To try to touch is incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting.”

Among the commentators, a man claiming to be a tour operator in the region has slammed the move as a “deadly attempt”.

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“I live some 120km from where this video was allegedly taken. But I must admit that this is the dumbest decision ever made by human being since Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings,” YouTube user Ibrahim Kimesu begins.

“We live with [lions] here forever, sometimes we encounter them unknowingly but the only difference is RESPECT. This incident is [a] deadly attempt. Suicidal in simple terms.”

Image: YouTube/ Wildlife Sightings

But while the tourist’s actions were stupid, Kimesu points out the culpability of the tour guide in this instance.

“As a tour guide operator, I must admit that the safety protocols were extremely infringed, and the guide has all the blame here (if he didn’t give enough warning to the guides) because he’s more aware of the wild animals than that dude touching the deadliest terrestrial wildcat on top of food chain called Lion [sic].”

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Some furious critics have said the daring tourist deserved to “get their hands bit off” or “mauled”, while some animal lovers have pointed out that leaving your vehicle and putting your own safety in jeopardy also puts the wild animals unnecessarily at risk.

“That is such an irresponsible thing to do. The idiots, and IF the lion had attacked inside the window, it would most probably have been shot, some people are so dam stupid. Thank you for posting,” one commentator said.

Source: http://travel.nine.com.au/2018/06/18/11/14/tourist-attempts-to-pat-wild-lion

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