Gren Sowerby from the UK had the “shock of his life” when he photographed a lion in Kenya while on a safari. But instead of a.ttacking Sowerby, the lion smiled at the startled photographer.
In September, Sowerby, 69, said he was on a safari in the Maasai Mara, Kenya, and relied on it to photograph the apex predator when it let out a loud roar. British news agency South West News Service reports.
“I lent [sic] in to take a photo when he let out a loud roar – I got the shock of my life,” Sowerby said in comments obtained by SWNS. “He roared to say, ‘I am the King of the Jungle,’ and then I couldn’t believe it when he smiled at me like when someone winks at you to say like: ‘Haha! ‘”
Sowerby added that he was “probably 10 to 15 meters (32 to 50 feet) away from the lion,” who was with a lioness and was crossing a stream. “They had a kill in the bushes, and I think he roared maybe to say he was full!”
Sowerby, who lives in Whitley Bay, Northumberland, said he was “astonished by the sheer size” of the lion but that he was “really pleased with the pictures” nonetheless.
“The king of the jungle is always something you have to photograph, and I am so glad I captured it,” he said.
Although lions are one of the deadliest mammals on Earth, it’s not uncommon for them to display a playful side.