Most parents give their children a few basic lessons on manners: don't put your elbows on the table, always say "Excuse Me" when you bump into someone, and, of course, don't bother wild lions. Well, as we grow up, it seems some of these rules are easier to remember than others. In this video, released September 2016, a man in India displays a marvelous amount of bravery (follow link for definition) by sidling his car up next to an Asiatic Lion.
And yes, I said India! Asiatic lions, also known as Indian or Persian lions, used to spread throughout Eastern Europe and Eastern/Southern Asia, but now survive only in the Gir Forest region of India. The species is listed as Endangered on the ICUN redlist; as of May 2015, there were about 523 left in the wild.
All wild Asiatic lions now live in or around The Gir Forest National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary near Talala Gir in Gujarat, India. Though the forest is protected, the lions are still occasionally poached or poisoned for attacking livestock. With such a small population, disease and natural disasters are also major concerns for the future of the species. However, the lions of Gir rarely attack people (unless you drive up to one and start acting like a fool).
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