A Tourist Tries To Pet A Lion On The Head, Quickly Learns Why He Shouldn’t

Look but don’t touch. That’s one lesson a tourist recently learned the hard way while on a safari tour in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

As a male lion got closer and stood with his side against the truck, one of the tourists inside thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pet him.

Let’s just say the lion was not impressed.

Wildlife Sightings, who published the video, says lions will seek shelter in the shade of vehicles, but “this doesn’t mean that they trust humans.”

“To try to touch [a lion] is incredibly stupid and ignorant of the tourist that filmed the sighting,” they said. 

“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,” said Naas Smit, who concluded that park rangers would probably have had to euthanize the lion if it had killed or injured the tourist.