Close Encounters Man vs. Nature

Lion snaps off wing mirror as if it were a twig

Calm filmmakers in car watch as king of the jungle claws at their windows and makes statement as to the power of its paws at a South African wildlife sanctuary

Lion attacks a car in the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. Photo from Newsflare/Caters News used by permission

Lion attacks a car in the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. Photo from Newsflare/Caters News used by permission

A lion in the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa walked up to a stopped car full of filmmakers and began clawing at the back side window, as if it wanted to break into the car and eat the occupants. The apex predator at the sanctuary then clawed at the front side window. Unsuccessful, it resigned itself to making a statement about being the king of jungle, easily snapping off the car’s wing mirror as if it were a twig. Watch the video provided by Newsflare/Caters News Agency via the U.K. Mirror Online:

“He’s really trying to get in,” one passenger says at the beginning of the video.

“Are we rolling on this?” another asks.

“Oh yeah, I’m rolling,” replies the videographer.

You also see others holding up GoPro cameras and a smartphone, shooting video.

“Uh-oh,” one says as the lion starts fiddling with the mirror.

Lion sniffs the wing mirror on the car before snapping it off like a twig. Photo by Newsflare/Caters News used by permission

Lion sniffs the wing mirror on the car before snapping it off like a twig. Photo by Newsflare/Caters News used by permission

Instead of driving off, the calm occupants in the car just watch as the lion does its damage. Finally the driver decides it best to hit the accelerator, with two lions giving chase.

Incidentally, the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary is currently home to lions, spotted hyenas, and black leopards. It strives “to provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education, awareness, and funding,” according to its mission statement. “The sanctuary aims to maximize efforts towards keeping carnivores in their natural habitats.”

In their natural habitat, lions definitely let it be known they are the kings of the jungle, as these filmmakers discovered.

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