Moment a playful lion grabs safari truck’s tow rope in its jaws and doesn’t want to let go [video]

Moment a playful lion grabs safari trucks tow rope in


Tug of roar! Moment a playful lion grabs safari truck’s tow rope in its jaws and doesn’t want to let go

  • Footage shows playful lion doing tug of war with tour guide in South Africa 
  • Tour guide Jabulani Salinda, 49, got the Baobab Ridge Game Lodge footage
  • Mr Salinda released the November 18 footage showing stubborn lion 










This is the crazy moment a tour guide played tug of war with a playful lion.

Tour guide Jabulani Salinda, 49, was leading a group through Baobab Ridge Game Lodge, South Africa, on November 18.

He was tipped off by a colleague that there were lions nearby so he moved his jeep around.

But while trying not to disturb his colleague, he got the jeep stuck in the ground and in a second tow attempt he tied rope to the front of it. 

In a video that has been viewed more than 13,000 times online, a male lion grabs onto the tow rope before Mr Salinda can pull it back in.

It tugs persistently at the end while guests on the truck laugh in the background.

The 49-year-old guide tried to drive off but the lion dug in its paws before it wrapped the line around a nearby tree to get extra leverage- proving its stubborn nature and that ‘cats will be cats.’

Tour guide Jabulani Salinda, 49, was leading a group through Baobab Ridge Game Lodge, South Africa, on November 18. A lion grabbed onto a tow rope Mr Salinda had been using and refused to let go

Tour guide Jabulani Salinda, 49, was leading a group through Baobab Ridge Game Lodge, South Africa, on November 18. A lion grabbed onto a tow rope Mr Salinda had been using and refused to let go

In the footage, the lion takes the rope in its mouth and saunters over to a tree.

It tries to wrap the rope around it in a bid to win the tug of war and disappears behind the tree as it begins to shake.

Laughs are heard in the footage as the rope drops but the lion then stalks back to pick it up in his mouth.

As the truck begins to move, the lion keeps the rope in his mouth and appears to stagger slightly as he is pulled by it.

As the truck begins to move, the lion keeps the rope in his mouth and appears to stagger slightly as he is pulled by it

As the truck begins to move, the lion keeps the rope in his mouth and appears to stagger slightly as he is pulled by it

The determined lion will not give up, to the amusement of the guests on board and carries on holding the rope before it disappears behind a tree.

Footage ends with the lion proudly strolling towards the truck with the rope in its mouth, not ready to give in to the tug of war. 

The tour guide said he eventually gave in when a group of females sauntered past and he decided to go hunting with them instead of playing.

The tug of war between Mr Salinda and the lion happened for around five minutes before the lion spotted female lions and decided to go hunting with them

The tug of war between Mr Salinda and the lion happened for around five minutes before the lion spotted female lions and decided to go hunting with them

 Mr Salinda, from Dumfries, South Africa, said: ‘It was funny for me because I didn’t think of it just as a lion playing with a rope, it was like a big cat playing with a toy. 

‘All of its characteristics at the time were like a house cat any family would love to have in the home. It was just interested in toying with the rope. 

‘I’ve been a tour guide for 19 years and I have never known a lion play like this before. ‘My guests were a bit concerned that the lion’s interest in the rope would bring him up closer to the jeep, but he wasn’t approaching with anger.

‘I don’t think it had ever happened to the lion before and his attention was fully on the rope and I calmed them down and we were all able to enjoy the moment. 

‘He was surprised by the rope but he just saw the opportunity to play with something new.

‘While we moved the rope around to the front of the vehicle instead I tried to move my jeep to a 45 degree angle and see if that helped, which meant I got myself out quickly.

‘Before I could pull the rope back in, it caught the eye of the lion. He wandered over and grabbed the end of it. He tried to pull the jeep back but couldn’t manage it. He then tried to wrap it around some trees to get stronger tension.’ 

Mr Salinda (pictured) said he found the encounter funny as he saw it as a big cat playing with a toy

Mr Salinda (pictured) said he found the encounter funny as he saw it as a big cat playing with a toy



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