Distressing moment lion cub nuzzles and licks a BEER CAN for half an hour after tourist carelessly discarded it in South African safari parkLion cub played with can for half an hour at Kruger National Park in South AfricaTourist Steve Haley, from Cumbria, was concerned for the animal’s safetyHe said: ‘The can was thrown there by some idiot who has no respect or regard for the animals – the lion could easily have sliced its lip or tongue’
17:44 BST, 3 October 2018
The big cat played with the discarded can for half an hour and was ‘lucky not to slice its tongue’, according to Steve Haley, who caught the scenes on film.
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The animal was lucky not to slice its tongue or lip as it played with the can for half an hour, according to a witness
He said: ‘The cub found the discarded beer can in the riverbed below the bridge I was viewing from and protected it from all the other cubs.
‘To throw a beer can out of the window anywhere would be a disgrace let alone a sanctuary for wildlife.
Mr Haley, from Cumbria, blasted the culprit, saying: ‘The can was thrown there by some idiot who has no respect or regard for the wild and the animals’
‘The lion could easily have sliced its lip or tongue but seemed careful as if it knew to go easy on the metal.
‘I don’t think it is a huge issue with rubbish in Kruger but where there are tourists and visitors there is bound to be litter left behind.
‘I have never witnessed anything like this before and hope I don’t again but even so it made for some very interesting viewing and it was nice to see this big cubbie playing so lovingly with his new toy.’
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