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What we see here, is a hungry lion jumping on to the bonnet of an open-topped truck, snarling straight into the faces of safari family. The amazing part is they just roar with laughter. Normally, placing stone-cold masochists on an illusion oriented blog makes no sense. But this close encounter of the furred kind is not all it seems. The trick is that apparently fearless wildlife watchers are actually safely protected behind a wall of reinforced glass. Only the front of the truck is placed inside the big cat’s territory.

Attacking Lion Optical Illusion

Why are they laughing? I would be terrified if some predator jumped on my vehicle!

You’ll have to agree with me on this one; from a certain angle it really looks as if the visitors are about to become lunch. This illusory installation is one of the main attractions at Werribee open range zoo near Melbourne, Australia. Spokesmen of the zoo said once:

The cut-off Land Rover was stuck either side of the glass wall as a bit of fun and it’s proved a big hit – especially with the kids. Everyone wants to get their picture taken looking like they’re going to be eaten.”


27 Responses
  1. Dariogweg says:

    lol, its so obvious!
    Let’s say that the grass is glassy…

  2. Detective Kitty says:

    that is so cool. I’d totally go to this zoo. I didn’t notice the glass ’till you told me so it was interesting i thought it was a lion on the car…

  3. casper says:

    Well that’s obviously fake, but nice try ; )

  4. Jay says:

    Sure, it’s bullet proof glass-but is it lion proof?

    I’d be lion if I said I wanted to do this tour.

  5. Guys, stop saying this is fake lol, the intention was NEVER to make you believe it is a real attack lol.

  6. egdirbr says:

    That’s cute. I would have guessed that it was PhotoShopped, but I wouldn’t have guessed that it was done the way it actually was.

  7. Terry says:

    Of course, I would always drive my land rover through lion territory with fresh raw meat sitting on the hood of the car…

  8. anonymous says:

    i thought it was photoshopped at first when i saw it on the widget. i only noiced the glass after u mentioned it

  9. 44calibergnome says:

    It’s a shame that these folks can spent their money to fund the exploitation of these animals.

  10. Ms.Observant says:

    Thts sum clean reinforced glass

  11. Tibbs says:

    Wanted, Wildlife photographer to take photos of tourist’s from inside our new exhibit. Must be quick on their feet.

  12. james says:

    i thought it was all angles

  13. Belly says:

    Wow… So cool
    If i went to that zoo, I would ask if they could make one with sharks o3o!

  14. BraDRoBBo says:

    The lion didn’t/doesn’t look real to me!:P The way the photo was taken though, with it in the air and stuff ^_^ thought it might have been painted or somethin, heh…

    Nice illusion ! =D

  15. Emma says:

    Pretty cute. Lol. Here’s another pic I found from the zoo’s website. http://national.atdw.com.au/multimedia/tvic/2004_2FSep_2FACFD5D.jpg

  16. gshw46yh says:

    i’ve seen this car, but i’d forgotten, untill you told me and i realised

  17. Gouri says:

    kool. i wanna do tht!

  18. Kate says:

    Lol, I thought the image was photoshopped. XD

  19. Linda says:

    This is our local zoo and my kids absolutely love sitting in that jeep. Takes me ages to drap them out of there. It’s a great lion exhibit as the lions are often visible through the hugh pane of glass and will sometimes prowl back and forth right up against the glass. It’s actually an open range zoo so if you are not lucky all you see is grass!

  20. Walter says:

    Go Melbourne Victoria FTW..

  21. Ashe says:

    i thought that the illusion was the the lion seems to be sitting in the air

  22. Sue says:

    I was wondering how they got the lion to cooperate. I’ve looked at this several times and only just now saw the meat…

  23. Lei says:

    It was so obvious that half of the car was divided with a glass.

  24. praneeth says:

    lol , if so the old lady would have gone on the SPOT! :P

  25. Zeb says:

    i thought the loin was on the hood and they beeped the horn and he was jumping back off the hood. and that is why people are laughing.

  26. Rose Verdict says:

    If it was me, I’d do like my characters and ride it WITHOUT INJURY! (And that is why I don’t follow my unhealthy obsessions…heheheh.)

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