A man has been labeled the “dumbest tourist’ after sticking his hand out of a safari jeep to stroke a lion’s mane. Video footage shows the man petting the animal’s mane as his friend takes a few selfies while in the Tanzania’s Serengetti National Park.
According to the Daily Star, the lion stares at the men and then lets out a terrifying roar as he bares his teeth. Another passenger in the jeep yells for the men to “close the window” as someone else quickly slides the glass shut. The lion continued to glare at the humans. Can you blame him?
The video was published on Wildlife Sighting’s YouTube page called “Dumbest Tourists Ever” where viewers excoriated the men for their reckless behavior. Under the video, the explanation is quite clear:
“Lions in the open plains to the Mara and Serengeti occasionally use a vehicle shade as cover when there are no trees in sight, 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.”
Experts agree that the lions are so quick to react, the animal could have pulled the tourist out of the window and killed him instantly. Depending on how agitated the lion could have become, he also could have crashed his way through the window and killed everyone inside. The tourists were lucky, and then again so was the lion. Had the catastrophe occurred, besides killing a human, game wardens would have been forced to kill the lion, and if that lion was the pride male, it would have brought fatal consequences to the cubs since another male would killed the little ones.
What is wrong with humans?
(Video via YouTube. Freezeshots via video)
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