300 lb. lion walks up, sniffs terrified cameraman’s crotch in Botswana (video)

Earth Touch cameraman Graham Springer was in Okavango Delta, Botswana photographing a pride of lions.

After a while the pride decided to walk off, but one lioness took a different route and walked right past Springer. It then stopped, turned, got curious about the camera bag at his feet, and walked off to sniff the camera bag. That’s when it noticed Graham.

It turned to Graham, sniffed his crotch, then like all good cats, got bored and walked away.

Graham wisely froze the entire time.

I know Chris has done trips like this in Africa, and I believe he has some harrowing stories. I’d like to do something like this some day, though I’m not sure I’d enjoy having that close an experience with a lion. I met some somewhat mild monkeys in Brazil several years back, and they were terrifying enough. You think monkeys are cute until three of them are climbing all over you, and one is sitting on your shoulders, legs hanging down across your chest like a child, and he’s covering your eyes with one arm, while the other grabs the string around your neck you use to hang your sunglasses on and pulls, hard. Did make for some fun photos.

Here’s a screen shot from the video, and then the video:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LeShan-Jones/100000478051440 LeShan Jones

    Sphincter check time!!!
    I love how after the Lion finished sniffing him, she turns and looks about like she’s trying to figure out where the rest of her pride went. Quite literally forgot all about that guy immedeatly.
    Cats, it’s their world, they’re just letting us live in it.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Opps, I have to catch up!

  • FLL

    Wait a minute, Karmonot. I like your comments and all, but I might have agreed with that comment last year. Since Obama is a lame duck, there is no longer any such thing as an Obama Democrat. Someone has to be a Hillary Democrat or a Howard Dean Democrat, etc. I’ve always thought that Howard Dean was the admirable exception to the rule.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I suspect, being an experienced Lion and all, that the luggage was considered a posion toad, and sumarily dismissed.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    He must have eaten aspargus the night before.

  • hollywoodstein

    although, I’m sure drew2u will have nightmares, and pee his bed.

  • hollywoodstein

    Spoken like someone who has never lived there.

  • hollywoodstein

    I agree with McKayla. I am not impressed. He must be a newbie or a rookie cameraman hyping his bravery.
    Yes, these lions are still wild animals, but these lions have been habituated to humans. The pride moved on. The lioness showed zero signs of aggression.
    She may have hoped the luggage was a water buffalo haunch or just wanted to cross it off of her list of unusual things I sniffed, but he was never in any danger, and handled it well.
    Except for hyping how brave he is.
    Cameramen who werk this beat, would laugh at this.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Waa Waa

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Markus-Hayden-Sutherland/1634126207 Markus Hayden Sutherland

    Dumb ole lion. Can’t even read! :)

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I’d say, “It’s austerity now, may I share my can of FRISKY meal?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Like Obama Democrats?

  • TheOriginalLiz

    I guess that means he passed the sniff test.

  • therling

    …camerman’s testicles retract permanently, and he needs a change of underwear.

  • nobonesl

    The lion was drawn to man’s pubis. Or perhaps, his dubis.

  • Ferd

    If you’re ever in Africa around lions who are feeding, do N. O. T. think “Hey, I’ll step out of the car and get a better picture.” DO NOT DO IT. Cats are smart, and they are professionals, and they’ll be waiting for you where you won’t see them.

  • Straightnotnarrow

    Picks or it didn’t happen John. :)

  • Tor

    That was total vanity. The lioness hardly gave him the time of day. And,yes I would have been terrified, as well.

  • Tor

    I’d probably be stupid enough to reach down and pet her saying, “Nice kitty.”

  • nicho

    What does a 300-pound lion sniff? Anything he wants to?

  • HKDaniel

    I’m guessing that she sniffed his crotch because he’d just pissed himself.

  • http://madisonleathersmith.com leathersmith

    nice kittie!

  • dula

    Oh I bet she saw you long before your lil camera box.

  • cole3244

    boy, now that takes guts, i was uncomfortable just watching the video, his discipline was amazing.

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