A pride of cheeky lions decided to get their 15 minutes of fame by stealing a GoPro camera.
Lions from the Avoca pride at Makanyi Lodge in Kruger National Park, South Africa, nonchalantly strolled up to the camera – before one of the cats decided to take it in its jaws.
Park ranger Massimo Da Silva placed his GoPro camera near the majestic animals hoping to capture some unique footage, however it didn’t go according to plan.
The 29-year-old says: ‘We arrived at the waterhole in the morning and there was the Avoca pride, we approached them and decided to put a GoPro up to see what would happen.’
Hoping to outsmart the lions, Massimo attached his camera set-up to a length of fishing nylon for a quick retrieval – but failed to account for the big cats’ reflexes.
Massimo was left shocked when the two big cat burglars easily took the GoPro to the rest of their pride.
However, all was not lost as the lions captured unique footage of their pride as they shared the camera with each other.
‘When we arrived back at the siting, we saw that the camera was in the mouth of the lion without the casing,’ says Massimo.
The lion who initially picked up his GoPro managed to open the casing, causing the camera to tumble to the ground, only to be picked up by another member of the pride.
Although the camera was left with puncture wounds, Massimo was amazed to find that it was still working.
In typical cat fashion, the lions soon grew bored of their new chew toy and dropped the camera – allowing Massimo to swoop in to retrieve it.