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A Lion Shows Tourists Why You Must Stay Inside Your Car

Lions at Kruger National Park in South Africa, mingle with tourists all the time and almost every single day, you can be almost guaranteed to see some moron sticking half of his body OUTSIDE of his car window to get a better shot with his camera.  Unfortunately, when someone does this, it almost like ringing a dinner bell for the lions. And if someone were to be dragged out of his/her car window, and killed, chances are the lion would have to be destroyed.

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Tourists hanging out of their car at a lion sighting. This lion felt threatened and barked at the tourists. If he had decided to attack, there wouldn’t have been enough time to get in the car and close the window.

SANPark’s Rules: No part of the body may protrude from the car, either through the window or a sunroof, unless in designated areas.

Taken on the S1 near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

According to krugerpark.co.za:

A thousand years ago, lions roamed as far afield as southern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, but they are now found mainly in Africa and are generally restricted to the bigger game reserves.

Lions have always had an association with royalty and leadership. Their power is reflected in their impressive size and the fact that their lifestyles allow them to sleep a lot – up to 18 hours a day. They are awesome animals, with males weighing up to 225kg and females up to 150kg. The lion’s average lifespan in the bush is probably around 15 years.

Lions are the biggest, and most social, of the African cats, living communally in prides. Pride leadership often shifts between several individual animals – male and female – but the social structure of the pride hinges around the bond between related lionesses, who collaborate in all tasks, from raising cubs to hunting.

Male lions come and go – often in spectacular battles over territory or individual dominance – but the pride cohesion remains unaffected, firmly under female control.

Lions favour open woodlands and thick scrub, the type of landscape that allows them to get as close to their prey as possible without being seen. In Kruger, the best chance of lion sightings is where the big game herds are.

As a rule, they hunt mostly at night and rest during the day but are often active at dawn and dusk and on cooler days. During the day they rest in thorn thickets, often near water holes.

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