Curious lion steals photographer’s camera from grasslands of Africa

Chase Kell
Daily Buzz
May 26, 2011

You can add digital cameras to the list of a lion's prey.

Roger de la Harpe, a photographer working on a book about the endangered African lion, made the discovery with the help of one curious lioness and a drool-covered camera.

After spotting three lionesses heading his way, de la Harpe placed a small digital camera in their path, hoping for a great live action shot.

And boy, did he ever get his shot. Check it out!

"It was the last thing I expected her to do," said de la Harpe in a Telegraph story. "We were most surprised to see the footage."

Just as he had planned, the lionesses walked toward the camera. But instead of inattentively passing by, one curious lioness gave the camera a quick once-over before picking it up with her mouth.

As the lens remained unobstructed, the camera managed to capture a unique view of the south African grasslands.

She takes the $500 camera on a five-minute jaunt before dropping it in the grass.

"It was quite nerve-wracking looking for it," de la Harpe said in the story. "The lions were only 75 meters away and the grass was pretty thick so it took quite a bit of searching before I spotted it."