Wildlife photographer Gren Sowerby, 69, experienced the “shock of his life” during a safari in Maasai Mara, Kenya, when he found himself up close and personal with a roaring lion.
Despite the surprise, Sowerby continued snapping pictures, capturing the lion’s cheeky grin following the mighty roar.
Sowerby had approached the lion, crossing a stream with a lioness, when it suddenly bared its teeth and roared. According to the photographer, the lion’s message was clear: “I’m the King of the jungle.” The subsequent grin seemed like a playful wink.
The lion’s size and scale left Sowerby in awe. He told SWNS, “From him being very still and quiet, then for him to let out a big boom was quite something.” Sowerby was thrilled to have captured the majestic “King of the Jungle” in action.
The Whitley Bay, Northumberland native frequently embarks on safaris and enjoys photographing wildlife.
Sowerby noted that the animals are accustomed to cars and tourists. After returning home, he was delighted with the photos he had taken.
Facebook users have shared their impressions of the images, with some expressing relief that Sowerby was not harmed and others expressing admiration for the captivating photographs.
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