Regardless how much I love big wild cats, it goes without saying they’re extremely dangerous animals and getting to close to them isn’t the best of ideas. However, after watching this friendly lion jumping into a car full of tourists, I may put all of that behind.
It happened during a safari at the Taigan Safari Park in Vilnohirsk, Crimea, where one of the lions wanted to show everyone he’s nothing but a huge gentle giant. So when he noticed a vehicle full of tourists, the lion named Filya just climbed aboard. The massive cat showed no signs of aggression, even more he proved to be very affectionate with the surprised tourists as he started to lick many of them.
As Filya was begging for some belly rubs and cuddles, everyone on board seemed extremely comfortable in his company. Some of the people even grabbed a couple of selfies with the adorable feline. A confusing sight at first, yet this wildlife park is known for letting its wildlife to have close encounters with the visitors.
Even though, you should know that lions, like all wild animals are pretty unpredictable and petting them is as dangerous is it sounds, so be aware of it, next time you get close to a wild creature.
Meantime, enjoy Filya asking for cuddles, in the footage bellow!