A drinking session nearly ended in tragedy, after a drunk man attempted to “shake hands” with a lion at the Nehru Zoo Park, India.
Mukesh Kumar, a laborer in Hyderabad, southern India, managed to survive a close encounter with the lions, despite hopping the wall surrounding their enclosure and approaching one of the lions singing “Come to me my darling” by Ruby Johnson.
Visitors to the park looked on in horror as Mukesh, 35, traversed the moat and approached the lion. One onlooker recorded this horrifying footage of the incident, whilst others attempted to coax the man to the side of the enclosure, so that he could be rescued.
Some visitors also began throwing objects to distract the lion, whilst Mr Kumar held his hand out for the lion to shake.
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Fortunately, Mr Kumar survived his attempt at a handshake, after coming to his senses and swimming the moat back to safety. He was then taken away and was charged under various sections of the Wildlife Protection Act, Caters reports.
"He told us he wanted to see the lions up close and shake hands with one of them," Harish Kaushik, the Inspector in charge of the case said.
"He is lucky enough to have survived. The zoo keepers told us that it was the time of the cats for their feed and they responded to their voice when called out. We have booked him but will again question him after he sobers up."
The zoo said they would up their security around the lion enclosure.
With any luck, the extra security will discourage others from attempting something as stupid as "shaking hands" with one of the deadliest predators on the planet.