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Lioness vexed by remote-controlled car at South African park

By Ben Hooper
Lioness vexed by remote-controlled car at South African park
A lioness at Kruger National Park in South Africa is confused by a visitor's remote-controlled car. Screenshot: Newsflare

KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, South Africa, April 29 (UPI) -- Officials with a South African national park sharply criticized a visitor who broke rules by using a remote controlled car to taunt a confused lioness.

The video, filmed Monday by a visitor to Kruger National Park, shows a toy car being remote controlled by another visitor to approach a pair of lionesses in a dirt road near some parked vehicles.

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One of the female lions appears uninterested in the remote controlled car and lounges peacefully at the side of the road, while the other keeps a careful watch on the toy.

The RC car repeatedly makes sudden moves toward the lioness, causing her to jump back in surprise and strike a defensive posture.

William Mabasa, a spokesman for Kruger National Park, said the person controlling the car was not only violating the parks rules, they were causing the big cat distress.

"This is a serious violation of the rules of the Kruger and against the spirit and nature of all the rules in the park," Mabasa said. "The animals get scared and stressed, but they are also curious and might want to inspect the object, eat it and then perhaps choke on it and die."

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