31 Oct '14, 6am

Zoo in #Chile lets brave visitors tickle a lion's tummy - from the safety of a cage

Zoo in #Chile lets brave visitors tickle a lion's tummy - from the safety of a cage

RANCAGUA, Chile (AFP) - 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 2ha enclosure that is home to six lions. Travellers 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.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/americas/story/zoo...

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