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‘Invisible’ Lion Cage – Too Close For Comfort?

November 9, 2009
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Jeepers… are you sure this thing is safe? Amazing ‘invisible’ cage which puts you a whisker away from lion’s jaws

The four passengers in the jeep must feel a whisker away from death as a lion jumps up on to their bonnet for lunch.

But that’s all part of the attraction. The jeep is a new zoo exhibit
which allows visitors to get incredibly close to the lions.

The back part of the vehicle, up to where the windscreen
should be, is actually on the outside of the reinforced glass cage. The
bonnet is on the inside, and covered with meat to entice the big cats

Lunch time: The astonished tourists are just inches away from the lion's jaws at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria, Australia

Don't mind me: The lion tucks into his food as the bemused tourists look on
This incredible Lions on the Edge exhibit, which puts you just inches from a lion’s jaws, is one of the biggest attractions at the zoo.

A pause between courses: The lion polishes off his meal, and waits hungrily for the next

Come a little closer: The jungle king seems unperturbed by the toddler immediately behind him
‘You don’t realise just how big they are until
they are staring you in the face like that.

Behind the looking glass: Another view of the exhibit from the zoo's website
This unique opportunity to get up
close to the fearsome cats has won the 25-year-old zoo an award
‘It’s both frightening, exciting and exhilarating all at the same time.’

Brotherly love: Tombo and Tonyi cuddle together unaware that they are being watched in this photograph taken by a camera hidden beneath a log in their enclosure
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