This is the moment a hungry lioness gave a chilling taste of what it’s like to be savaged by a big cat as it stole a GoPro.
Photographer Harry Vlachos was on safari in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia when he decided to get a closer look at a nearby lion pride using his homemade ‘beetlecam’.
Instantly intrigued, one of the lionesses walked over to the remote-control car and sniffed it to figure out what the intruder was.
This is the moment a hungry lioness gave a chilling taste of what it’s like to be savaged by a big cat as it stole a GoPro on safari in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Scary footage then shows the lion baring its sharp teeth before grabbing the camera and walking off with it clamped between its powerful jaws.
The lion walks across the savannah with the GoPro still filming the view from her mouth, giving a petrifying idea of what it would be like to be some unfortunate prey.
Harry, 25, said: ‘It was like a point of view of what it would look like to get mauled by a lion.
‘I was shocked when they picked up my camera. I was worried that they would break into it and swallow plastic.
The remote-control camera had been set up by photographer Harry Vlachos, 25, to get a closer look at a nearby lion pride
‘When I watched the footage back I was so happy that the camera was recording and not just pointed to the sky but focused on the lion.
‘Even when the lion picked it up and put it in its mouth you could still see down its throat perfectly. The lion definitely has some wildlife filming experience.
‘My main concern was that I didn’t want to cause any damage to the lions. They were too interested by the noises and smell of the camera for me to be able to scare them away.’
Harry, who owns Bwana Jimmy Productions, waited alongside his guide for half an hour before retrieving the battered beetlecam.
Scary footage shows the lion baring its sharp teeth before grabbing the camera and walking off with it clamped between its powerful jaws
The lion then walks across the savannah with the GoPro still filming the view, giving a petrifying idea of what it would be like to be some unfortunate prey
Harry said: ‘We had to wait for them to settle down before chasing them away with the game view vehicle.
‘Myself and the guide have had many years of experience in the bush so we did this in the safest way possible as we didn’t want to endanger us or the lion pride.
‘We waited about 30 minutes for them to lose interest before chasing them away.
‘My family used to run a lodge in the park so a lot of my time and childhood was spent in the bush with nature.
‘In the past I have taken my beetlecam in front of many other wild animals with various reactions.
‘A single lioness paid it no attention while a hyena pup was cautious but intrigued.
‘Only a pack of African painted wolves were really interested. Their mentality was super interesting to watch and they managed to grab the camera and flip it upside down.’