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Lion in a Tree

Lion in a Tree

Photo Credit: Yaakov Naumi/Flash90

Our expectations of a pride of lions is that they would be lying down lazily on the scorched savanna ground and once in a while get up and kill something for lunch. That’s why we named them a “pride.”

Turns out the pride is also very curious, at least in Israel, at the Ramat Gan Safari Zoo near Tel Aviv. The lions’ area is fenced and heavily fortified, to keep the pride from killing stuff. But, apparently, the constant noise of animals roaming just outside their gate is too much for the lions, who’ve begun to climb up the trees to have a look.

And not just the cubs, mind you. Here’s Sambouru, an otherwise respectable, mature male lion, sitting up in the gallery, watching the zebras stroll by.

Is this precious, or what?

Lion in a Tree

Photo credit: Lufta Kardos/Ramat Gan Safari/FLASH90

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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