Lions have long been known as the kings of the jungles. Their manes and roar make them fierce and majestic. But do you know that these massive animals can show their playful side? Grinning when mating with its lioness, playfully fighting with its cubs – these scenes are just astonishing.
The lion in this story is also a great example. The majestic animal decides to play some tricks with the photographer that he sees. He “surprises” the man with its scary roar, then immediately smiles at him. “I do nothing, human.”
Gren Sowerby (name of the photographer) encountered the playful lion when he was photographing wild animals in Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The majestic lion was around 40-50 feet away from the man.
At first, the 69-year-old photographer from the UK was shocked at the beast’s huge roar. But his smiles just a minute later got him astonished. He soon realized that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
The experienced photographer captured the smiles of the massive animal on his camera. He was so pleased to face the “shock of his life.” Not many photographers could see the king of the jungle smiling. He was among the lucky ones.
“I lent in to take a photo when he let out a huge roar — I got the shock of my life,” Sowerby told to the South West News Service. “He roared to say: ‘I’m the King of the Jungle’ and then I couldn’t believe it when he smiled at me like when someone winks at you to say like: ‘Haha!’”
When Sowerby shared these photos on his social account, they went viral in an instant. A majestic lion smiles! He is making his own Disney movies.