Zoo in Chile lets the brave tickle a lion's tummy - Times LIVE
Mon May 29 19:08:34 SAST 2017

Zoo in Chile lets the brave tickle a lion's tummy

AFP Relaxnews | 2014-11-03 12:48:24.0
A lion lies on the cage for tourist on a vehicle at the Safari Lion Zoo in Rancagua, Chile, on October 30, 2014.

Dare ya, double dare ya, to tickle a lion's belly.

Or touch his menacing claws.

A zoo in Chile gives thrill seekers a chance to do just that, albeit while comfy and snug in the safety of a cage mounted on a safari truck.

Atop it, lured by a slap of fresh red meat, is the mighty heaving feline.

Welcome to the Safari zoo in Rancangua in central Chile, where vehicles takes visitors on a drive through a 2-hectare (5 acre) enclosure that is home to six lions.

Travelers ride inside the caged-in back of the truck.

Then it's up to the lions to decide what they feel like doing: ambling up for a sniff, climbing atop to eat the meat and look at the cowering humans below, or even lying down for a rest.

Then, just stick a brave finger through the metal grates and there you are, touching the king of the jungle's tummy.

Safari park is the first of its kind in Chile and one of few in Latin America.

The idea is for people to see animals in their natural habitat, in effect with people caged up rather than the majestic animals themselves.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.