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Backpacker Magazine – Online Exclusive
They are not big stuffed animals, people.
Any visitor to Yellowstone is well acquainted with the various animal jams: buffalo, elk, bear, etc. So much as a flash of fur or a whisper of wolf inspires motor-bound humans to slam on the brakes, ditch the car, and scatter like ants in an attempt to put an animal -- any animal, dammit! -- in their point-and-shoot crosshairs. Trailhead arrival delays can exceed an hour or more – such are the perils of America’s Serengeti.
Turns out it happens in the real Serengeti, too – or at least in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, where a passel of vehicles get entirely too close to lions napping in the road. But these seemingly chill lions offer a stark reminder of why kids shouldn’t lean in too close (scroll to :58) :