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Family's car catches fire in lion enclosure

Posted on Sunday, 20 April, 2014 | Comment icon 15 comments

Park rangers stepped in to keep the lions at bay. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Lacen
A day out at the safari park for Helen Clements and her family turned in to something of a nightmare.
Clements and her two children had been driving through the lion enclosure during their first ever visit to Longleat Safari Park when their car started to overheat and subsequently burst in to flames.

As thick black smoke started to pour from the vehicle, park rangers rushed in to the enclosure and ordered them not to try getting out until the area was safe. "It could have been in the flamingos or the camels but no, it had to be in the lion enclosure," said Clements.

Thankfully the rangers were able to usher the family to safety while the lions were kept at bay. Witnesses praised the fast response of the staff and emphasized how easily the situation could have taken a turn for the worse.

"I can laugh about it now as it's only a car and we're all safe," said Clements.

Source: BBC News | Comments (15)

Tags: Lion, Safari, Park, Car

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by DieChecker on 21 April, 2014, 3:00
Most safari park lions I've seen were very lazy and well fed. I doubt there was very much danger. Still good thing that they got rescued quickly. Also good that no lions were killed out of hand.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Jyre Cayce on 21 April, 2014, 6:47
that is funny.
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 21 April, 2014, 13:35
Forum troll. Fixed.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Calibeliever on 21 April, 2014, 18:15
How in the world does your car catch fire? I mean what are the odds of that happening at all, let alone in the one place within 1000 miles where it's actually safer to stay in the burning vehicle? Maybe someone should school this woman on regular vehicle maintenance.
Comment icon #10 Posted by libstaK on 21 April, 2014, 20:46
I'm pretty sure the lions would have been too concerned about the fire to be thinking about food during that episode. Still, how unlucky can you be to be stuck wondering whether you are about to be burnt alive or eaten. It would have been pretty harrowing for them at the time.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 21 April, 2014, 20:48
The lions had the meerkats put dry grass around the engine in hopes of getting some nice tender tourists, in return they promised not to eat the meerkats. Or it could be no vehicle maintenance like you said .
Comment icon #12 Posted by Calibeliever on 21 April, 2014, 20:51
Never underestimate the villany of meerkats.
Comment icon #13 Posted by quillius on 22 April, 2014, 10:17
there is probably a joke in there somewhere about meerkats and car insurance.....
Comment icon #14 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 22 April, 2014, 17:45
them lion were hesitant... one step forward for fresh human flesh and meat, one step backward for the huge fire and flames... no wait 2 steps forwards for fresh...............................................

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