By: Kyle James | 06-18-2018 | News
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South Africa - Terrifying Encounter With Lion Goes Viral (Video)

Time and time again, foolish safari goers disobey park rules and end up being mauled or even killed by wildlife. One foolhardy tourist put his luck to the test and tried to pet an adult male lion but was met by a terrifying roar. Footage of the incident shows the safari vehicle traveling near a pride of lions. When the vehicle stops, one tourist opens the window and attempts to pet the African plain's apex predator.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SouthAfrica</a>&#39;s <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#dumbest</a> tourist strokes a LION… and barely escapes with his arm! <br>Terrifying video shows foolhardy safari guest petting the king of the jungle<br><br>Idiot tourist barely escapes after stroking <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LION</a> in South Africa <a href=""></a> via <a href="">@MailOnline</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Real News Line (@RealNewsLine) <a href="">June 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As the tourist puts his hand out the window, the giant lion turns around and bars his teeth menacingly before unleashing a terrifying roar. One passenger in the safari vehicle shouted: "close the window!" Another passenger hurriedly scrambles to close the vehicle's sliding window.

South African safari ranger Naas Smit said, "Only those who work in the wild know the speed of a lion and it could have torn the arm off the person touching it. It would have the power to pull that tourist straight out of that window and kill them instantly in front of their friends. It was an incredibly stupid thing to do. It could also just have easily crashed its way through the open window and torn into those inside. They were lucky to get away with it. They are wild animals."

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Smit continued, "If the lion had killed this person then game rangers would probably have had to have killed it and if it was the pride male it could have serious consequences. I just have to shake my head when I see people behaving like this and they deserve all they get." Recent lion attacks include an incident last month when British safari park owner Mike Hodge was mauled by one of his lions after entering the beast's cage.

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72-year-old Hodge from Wilmslow in Cheshire suffered a broken jaw and lacerations as a result of the brutal attack at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary in South Africa. In 2015, a Game of Thrones TV show editor was savagely mauled by a lion through her open safari vehicle window. Katherine Chappell, 29, did not survive her injuries and died shortly after the attack. A man in a vehicle behind the one Chappell was in captured a chilling photo at the moment of the attack.

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