Have You Seen This? Don't tease a lion

Posted May 3

THE MIGHTY JUNGLE — Some things just don’t seem like a good idea.

Number 1: standing near goal posts in a lightning storm; No.2: cooking anything for your mother-in-law; and No. 3: not keeping a respectable distance from an 800-pound lion.

In a video trending on YouTube, a car is trailing a strolling Asiatic lion at Gir Forest National Park — a wildlife sanctuary in India that gets around 60,000 visitors a year. The reserve is about 545 square miles and has a population of just over 500 Asiatic Lions, according to the 2015 Asiatic Lion Census (which is apparently a thing).

Although the website shows guided Jeep tours, this particular video — uploaded by RC’s videos on YouTube — looks a little less regulated, as the driver of what looks like a standard passenger sedan stays a bit too close to the King of the Jungle, filming out the window.

Sanctioned or not, the animal kingdom has a way of correcting inappropriate behavior.

The best part of the video (which you’ll have to watch to get the full effect) is how subtle the lion’s warning is to the humans in the car beside him. It’s like if someone was trailing you on your afternoon walk and you wanted to make sure they left you alone, in no uncertain terms, without having to burn any extra calories.

I get it. I don’t like making eye contact with strangers, either.


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