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African lion vs Gopro camera

If you go down to the woods today your in for a big surprise. Why? Well, if you are in Africa and you go down to the woods, you might be on the wriong continent. Africa is more renowned for its vast grasslands and Savannah’s. What has this got to do with a lion vs a Gopro the man in the back asks? Well, its the same as eating a custard pie on Kilimanajro, only totally different.

lion in the pilanesberg

Safety warning:

When walking in the wild make sure you are accompanied by an armed game ranger. What armed? Armed with what you may ask? Ummm, bad breath, feather duster, colourful language…. what do you think the game ranger is armed with. A gun. A big F@#%^$ck off shiny one.

Ok, back to issue at hand- LION vs Gopro (LVG). If you saw Alien vs Predator (AVP), this clip is way more scary.

Alrighty then…African lions, as kings of all beasts, are courageous and formidable creatures. But then, they aren’t used to encounters with tiny, remote-controlled cars with cameras strapped to their hoods. Just thought of somethimng. Why did we even bother mentioning the word ‘African’ lions? What other type are there?  Ever heard of an Asian Lion? No, I did’nt think so? So why did we even waste time putting the word ‘African’ in? I mean the wear and tear on our computer keyboard, not to mention our finger, cannot justify the word. We aplogize  for wasting your time and even maybe misdirecting you into thinking there was some other type of lion.

The accompanying footage shows an adolescent male lion in Kenya reacting to one such encounter, first from a side view via a second camera, then from a frontal view via the car-cam. The frontal view, in perfect lighting, begins at the 10-second mark and is the highlight of the clip as it reveals an extreme closeup of the approaching cat.

Australian Chris Bray conducted this unusual experiment during a recent photo safari, using a GoPro Hero 2 and a $60 car. As viewers can see, the lion bravely approaches the car and becomes curious, even playful, swatting at the pint-sized vehicle with retracted claws.

But when Bray begins to drive the car backward and forward, the lion isn’t sure what to make of the situation, so he backs off with a puzzled look.

This is yet another example of how attachable cameras are able to afford unique perspectives of photo subjects.
“Just so lucky with this shot, the amazing evening lighting, the angle to the sun, that the lion approached front-on, everything,” Bray states.

having seen what Chris has done with a lion, Soul Adventures are investigating the possibility of approaching an elephant with the same experiment.

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