Safari Ride In Crimea Ends In A Meet-And-Greet Session With A Lion, Leaves Netizens Amazed

Everyone has seen ‘The Lion King’ or ‘Madagascar’ and been fascinated with the idea of befriending lions as cute as Simba, Alex and Nala. And maybe even break into a dance number with them. However, after watching a few episodes of ‘When Animals Attack’, we understood that there’s a good chance that lions will act more like Scar than Simba in front of us. But one lion in Crimea is determined to clean up their image for its pride.

In a video that’s going viral on social media, a lion can be seen stepping into a tourist vehicle and calmly greeting each and every one of them.

In most safari rides, either the tourists are in a covered vehicle or the animals are kept at a distance with the help of electrified fences. So, the Taigan Safari Park ride looked strange from the get go as the tourists were riding in a extended version of a golf cart with nothing between them and the lion.

However, contrary to popular belief, things went pretty smoothly. Filya, the lion first hopped on to the driver’s seat and rubbed itself against him and his co-passenger. And then it went onto greet every single passenger in its vicinity. Once that was done, Filya nicely moved aside and kind of nodded at everyone as the tourists left.

You can watch the video here:

Netizens couldn’t believe what they were seeing and began thinking whether they want to have a big cat as a pet now or not.

1. You never know.

2. Oh come on. At least one try.

3. The sofa always belongs to the dog.

4. No, it’s not just you.

5. It’s a free world after all.

6. Only facts.

7. That lion will kill you …. with its cuteness.

8. Running isn’t a good idea.

9. Same.

10. Humans, am I right?

11. For a second I thought it’ll drive away with the car.

12. Off to Crimea then?

Wild animals are as unpredictable as humans and react in the same way any human would react if someone would barge into your personal space to touch you. However, maybe if a friendlier approach is taken, they’ll react like Filya. That said, would you want to get up close with this lion or is still a ‘nope’ for you?