When a lioness picked up a camera and carried it around in her jaws, she captured a frightening selfie.
The amazing video was taken at the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa by photographer Frank De Beer’s Go Pro.
De Beer left his video camera running on a dirt road as the female lion approached to inspect the unusual thing.
Incredibly, the curious lion captured the camera in her jaws and carried it about while filming her shark-like teeth in excruciating detail.
‘It was intended,’ he added, ‘but the animals had a choice: to avoid the camera or walk around it.’
‘I tried to anticipate the lions’ movement and was ecstatic when I discovered a curious lady.
‘The camera was fine thanks to its protective casing.’
In March 2021, De Beer attempted the same technique on a herd of elephants at the Olifants West Nature Reserve.
In the video, a herd of elephants has seen trekking across the park before one of them spots the camera and lifts it above its head.
It then shifts the camera around to take a variety of angles, including a close-up shot of the inside of its mouth, before dropping it to the ground.
De Beer has been able to gather a variety of wildlife footage over the years in South Africa.
In 2020, while walking in the Greater Kruger National Park in Limpopo, South Africa, De Beer saw a black rhino charging at him.
Fortunately, the charging rhino was more of a deterrent than anything else, and it promptly ran away in another direction, leaving De Beer unharmed.
In 2017, photographer Edward D. brought a GoPro near an elephant as it ate grass along a dry river bed in Hoedspruit Limpopo, South Africa.
The camera was able to capture the elephant inspecting the new device with its trunk before walking away.