THERE’S always a chance things could go dangerously wrong on safari. There’s an even bigger chance as soon as the tour buggy does not have any doorways, offering enormous predators easy access into the sightseers inside.
And when the safari park is not someplace in Africa but in Russian-annexed Crimea — yeah, it may be described as a recipe for failure.
These tourists were lucky to flee their own lives as soon as an untethered Li On barged in their trip buggy in the Taigan Safari Park in Crimea — where a female was assaulted only weeks ago.
Fortunately the lion, Filya, had been in a friendly mood once it revved up into the buggy, increased tourists’ laps and gave a woman a lick on the face.
The lion even allowed the park’s owner Oleg Zubkov give it a few pats to the head.
But the friendly encounter came just weeks after a Russian tourist was attacked by another lion, called Vitya, at the same park.
Olga Solomina, 46, said the lion’bit through my right arm and then utilized it to drag me… as a puppet’, The Sun reported.
‘When I return into my own senses, I had been in front of the park’s team who were serving me personally.
‘When it happened, right at the moment of the incident, I actually said goodbye to my life.
‘I thought I had been torn apart.’
She said Mr Zubkov, the park’s owner, helped to bandage her bleeding wound.
‘He then hurried to the park’s medical position,’ she said.
Mr Zubkov said he didn’t realise Ms Solomina has been drinking alcohol before coming into the big cat enclosure.
‘She came indoors and started ruffling the lions’s mane,’ he said.
‘Vitya the lion arrived close to her pulled away her by her arm. She wasn’t pulled forcefully into the park. She realized it was a dangerous site.’
The Sun reported Mr Zubkov, had a’noteworthy background’ in taming enormous cats and insisted that guests were so safe should they adopted his advice when getting up-close-and-personal to the creatures.