Although there was a glass partition separating the visitors from the felines at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, it was quite a thrill to be so close to them. The lighting conditions were not ideal, but that hardly mattered — I took a bunch of photos anyway as I wanted to record the moment — I’d never been in such close proximity with lions and tigers before. As for the lioness, she was happily playing to the crowd while the males presided over the proceedings far in the background. I was quite astounded when she walked right up to me, pressing her face into the glass at one point, as we both stood face to face, less than two feet apart. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say she was almost flirting me, and in truth, I got the impression that maybe she sensed that I was a cat lover and I thought we might have a lot of fun playing together, provided she didn’t start by tearing my head off first. But of course, friends don’t do that to each other.
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