TANZANIA — There’s never a shortage of videos of dumb people in the wild, and the latest one is certainly no exception.
A couple on safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park were seen on camera trying to pet a lion through the window of their vehicle. The video, which has been viewed over 26,000 times, clearly shows a female arm reach out of the window in an attempt to pet the wild animal, which had been resting right below them.
At first the lion paid no heed, but after a few seconds it bared its teeth at the passengers and roared. The male passenger in the vehicle quickly closed the window in response.
Wildlife Sightings, who published the video, said that trying to touch a lion is “incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting.” According to The Sun, which had interviewed a South African safari ranger, the lion had the power to tear off a person’s arm or even pull the couple out of the window and kill them.
This is just the latest incident involving tourists acting foolishly in the wild. Last month, a French couple and their young child were caught on camera trying to escape a pack of hungry cheetahs after they exited their car to snap pictures of the animals while at Safari Park Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands.
The family got out of their vehicle on two separate occasions to take photographs. The first time, the cheetahs ignored them entirely. But the second time, the cheetahs are seen circling the family, after which the man runs back to the vehicle. The woman is seen picking up the child, trying to stare down an approaching cheetah, and swatting it away as if it’s nothing more than a harmless mosquito.
Fortunately, the woman and child made it back to the car just in time.
Park manager Niels de Wildt confirmed the authenticity of the video to Dutch radio station NOS Radio 1 News, and said, “These people have been incredibly lucky.”