Watch a Man Find a Lion Prowling Through His Tent Like a Midnight Thief

Lion in tent

Written by Zeek Lepakko

Updated: October 21, 2023

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Lions, often referred to as the ‘kings of the jungle,’ are among the most iconic and revered animals in the world. Known for their majestic manes and powerful roars, these big cats have been a symbol of strength and courage worldwide for generations.

Lions are the most social of all big cats and live in groups called prides. These advanced social constructs have a fair amount of females, their cubs, and a few adult males. Native to Africa and a small part of India, these felines are quite the model apex predator.

Their high intelligence and inherent curiosity can lead to some interesting encounters, though, as we see in the video below – a group on safari in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park got quite a surprise upon arriving at camp! Let’s find out more about the mighty lion and some interesting facts about them.

See the Uninvited Guest Snoop Around in the Complete Video Below

While it’s not the lion’s share, he at least got a pillow out of it!

Are Lions Dangerous?

Closeup of a lion yawning exposing canine teeth. It is a female lion. She is mostly light gold with white fur around her wide-open mouth.

Lions have an impressive set of 30 teeth.


In their natural habitat, lions generally prefer to avoid humans. However, if they feel threatened or if their territory or cubs are in danger, they can be extremely dangerous. It’s important to remember that they are wild animals and as such their behavior is primarily driven by instincts, not necessarily malice.

Similarly, individuals who are sick or struggling to find food might turn to hunting easier prey, including humans. However, the lion we see in the below video is probably exploring the oddity of the tent they managed to stumble upon and was surprised after being discovered!

How Long Do Lions Live?

Pride of lions in grass

Lions are well camouflaged in long grass

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Although physically impressive and easily capable of claiming the title of king, lions have a generally short lifespan. Many environmental factors and threats in their habitat, mainly competing predators, contribute to this.

In the wild, females averagely live for 16 years, while males tend to live for around 10 years. As lionesses usually hunt in groups, they have the advantage of being less vulnerable when on the prowl compared to males, who often hunt and fight alone.

An American Lion?

Did you know a distantly related (although now extinct) lion used to roam near North America? This fearsome creature was even larger than the lions we know and love today and is thought to have had a range from all the way up in Alaska down to balmy Peru.

The Normal Temperament of Lions

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The lion is a cat and a naturally curious one.

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Lions are known for their majestic stature and impressive hunting abilities. But what is their temperament like? As apex predators, they are naturally confident and often seen as fearless. While they can be fiercely territorial, they are not naturally aggressive.

In the wild, lions are naturally curious creatures and can often be seen exploring their environment. They are also social animals, living in groups known as prides and interacting with each other in complex hierarchies.

Lions are not typically hostile towards humans, and it is not normal for them to roam around human habitation. In fact, most lions will avoid contact with humans, as they are aware of the potential danger. Of course, that doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous if provoked, so it’s important to give them their space.

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About the Author

Zeek is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering wildlife in Africa and international travel. Zeek has been studying animals for over 15 years and holds an Associate's Degree in Arts from Lone Star Montgomery, earned in 2011. A resident of Washington, Zeek enjoys designing video games and training his Shiba Inu, Cheems.

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