Dramatic moment lion attacks tourist safari car captured by dashcam

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Dramatic moment lion attacks tourist safari car captured by dashcam

The heart-stopping moment a male lion got a little too close to visitors at a wildlife park in India was captured in this dramatic dashcam footage.

It shows the big cat attacking the car inside the Bannerghatta Biological Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, and has been widely shared on social media.

The lion is seen stalking the grey vehicle before putting his paws on top of the car as audibly anxious visitors watch the drama unfold.

A lion attacked a car at the Bannerghatta Biological Park in India 

Executives at the park later admitted the driver of the car was at fault for stopping next to the lion and have since removed the member of staff from his duties at the park.  

The park’s executive director Santosh Kumar told the Times of India: “The attack took place on January 28 or 29. The driver is clearly at fault.

“He should never have stopped the car, which he probably did to please the visitors. We’ve removed him from safari duty.”

He added: “We are planning to send a proposal to the state government to remove small vehicles like this and retain only safari buses. This will ensure safety of animals as well as that of visitors.”

A veterinarian associated with the park said it was likely the lion was just curious.

“The lions or any other animal in the safari could have chased the vehicle out of curiosity or to break the boredom that dogs captive animals,” they told the newspaper.

“If you see videos, you will observe the lions don’t attack the vehicle or people in it. They stop whenever the vehicle stops.”

Another vet added: “Sometimes, taunts and noise from visitors irritate them.”

Last year, the shocking moment a lion tried to pounce on a little boy racked up millions of hits on social media.

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