Some users found the clip to be entertaining while several others expressed safety and security concerns about the tourists who were on the tour and felt it was a reckless decision on the part of the tour operator. tourism business.
The clip shows the big cat digging its paws before wrapping the jeep’s rope around a nearby tree for better grip. (Credits: Facebook)
A group of South African tourists had the biggest surprise of their lives when a lion came to help their safari vehicle, stuck in the middle of a ditch.
The incident took place in the private nature reserve of Klaserie, which is part of the Kruger National Park, in South Africa. And now the clip of the African lion helping the group and happily pulling a rope has gone viral on the internet.
The Baobab Ridge Game Lodge was leading a tour led by the tour guide, Jabulani Salinda. The group was crossing the Baobab Ridge when the safari vehicle got stuck in a jungle trail. The group was well prepared for such conditions and they pulled out a tow rope to help them out.
The tow rope was then attached to the vehicle for rescue purposes, but to everyone’s surprise, a lion appeared near the rope and began to pull on the rope. The lion grabbed the rope between its teeth and started a fierce struggle, as the jeep attempted to move forward. The video was shared by the Baobab Ridge Game Lodge on its Facebook page.
In the clip, the lion can be seen pulling on the rope and also trying to wrap it around a tree in an attempt to stop the safari from moving forward. He also follows the safari up to a certain distance by grabbing the rope between his teeth.
Some users found the clip to be entertaining while several others expressed safety and security concerns about the tourists who were on the tour and felt it was a reckless decision on the part of the tourism business.
The tour company gave an explanation of the incident in a Facebook post and said the guide couldn’t get off because the lion had appeared and he couldn’t remove the rope either. This is why Salinda, the guide, did her best to get away from the lion, keeping in mind not to provoke the animal for fear of launching a chase.
Meanwhile, Salinda told the New York Post that the group was worried about seeing the lion and he tried to calm them down. He said that at first they sensed the lion was angry, but it wasn’t until moments later that they realized the lion was playing. Everyone then enjoyed the fearless feline showdown and it was the first time in her 19-year career that Salinda had seen a lion play this way.