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Lion Climbs Inside Car Full Of Tourists At Same Park Where Woman Was Mauled

Lion Climbs Inside Car Full Of Tourists At Same Park Where Woman Was Mauled

Tourists were left shocked when a lion climbed into their buggy - at the same Ukranian safari park where a woman was mauled just weeks earlier.

Despite the earlier incident the big cats were able to walk freely up to the safari car - that's when the giant tabby jumped into the buggy and, seemingly, started cuddling the tourists.

The lion - called Filya - looked like it wanted to take the steering wheel and drive, appearing to be quite playful.

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The moment was used as an opportunity to take photos and selfies with the cat - because that's exactly what you do if an animal capable of killing you in an instant decides to climb over you, right?

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According to The Mirror, two-year-old Filya got up close and personal with the tourists in the open sided vehicle - giving cuddles and even licking one woman in the face.

The animal was certainly acting much more playful than the lion that mauled Olga Solomina's arm as she posed for a picture next to the unwilling feline.

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At the Taygan Safari Park in Crimea, Ukraine, Olga bent down next to the seemingly docile lion, before getting far closer than she would've hoped.

According to the Daily Mail, the woman got herself into trouble when she touched the lion's mane before it launched into a ruthless attack, mauling Olga and attempting to drag her away by her arm.

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Speaking to the Metro, Olga said: "I squatted down and put my hand on the lion as I was told. Next moment it grasped my arm and dragged me like a rag doll.

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"The other lions jumped to their feet. I closed my eyes in fear waiting to be torn apart by the pride. It lasted several seconds that felt like eternity for me."

The attack occurred just after the picture was taken, when the zoo director, Oleg Zubkov, 50, sprung into action and saved Olga by scaring the lion off.

But despite being quite clearly in need of medical help, Olga said the zoo keeper refused to call an ambulance and instead gave her alcohol to sooth the pain.

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It wasn't until the next day that she was taken to a medical facility and treated for an infection from the bite.

When Olga went to hospital it turned out she needed surgery and a series of treatments to clear the infection.

The whole mess has now turned into a police incident, as the safari park is refusing to fork out the 1,000,000 RUB (£12,000/$15,000) Olga is entitled to, having allegedly signed a disclaimer.

With this life-threatening incident happening just weeks earlier it makes you wonder why the zoo was allowing the visitors to get so close to the animals?

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Topics: Ukraine, News, Animals, Lions

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Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.