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Head of ZAKA Yehuda Meshi-Zahav got more than he bargained for at a South African safari, narrowly escaping after a lion pounced on him. Full Story, Photos, Video

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Ex South African
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Ex South African

People are just plain ignorant of the African Animals & their non-pet minds!!!!!
This man is sooo lucky that Hashem was on his side this time around.

Thanks for sharing... i guess
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Thanks for sharing... i guess

What an odd story.

Wild Animals are Wild Animals
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Wild Animals are Wild Animals

I don’t care what the locals say, you don’t put your head in the crocodile’s mouth. A little common sense goes a long way.

All in a day's work and play?
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All in a day's work and play?

Baruch Hashem everything turned out okay. Looks like his hand was on the beast though. Wondering if that was permissible?

Have we lost our minds?
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Have we lost our minds?

I’m sorry but how does a thinking person put themselves in harms way. This is shocking. BH that he is escaped serious injuries.

BH his zechusim saved him
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BH his zechusim saved him

As much as I hesitate to criticize a Tzadik I see that he is also kneeling in the first pic after specifically being told not to … let this be a lesson for all of our traveling girls & bochurim – just because you are in a different setting & having fun you must still respect Danger

Just because you can
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Just because you can

Doesn’t mean you should
Terrible example from a community leader

Following instructions
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Following instructions

Don’t kneel or carry a stick they said. What do they know…

glad he is safe
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glad he is safe

They are beautiful animals, Hashem put them on this earth for a reason, the Rabbi startled the Lions, if they really wanted to they could of tore him apart

Yikes
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Yikes

I guess being involved in something as gruesome as zaka makes you a little less sensitive to other dangers? Baruch Hashem he was relatively unharmed.

Lol
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Lol

That lion didn’t pounce nothing. Look at the video she turns around after. He fell from I tap which I’m sure was powerful but gosh

סכנה
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סכנה

Think about your family beforehand

Another Ex South African
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Another Ex South African

It is very common to be able to pet lion cubs…I have done so many times (we were told that at night, they are not so friendly though)
However, during the many safaris I went on growing up in SA, I have never heard of being able to approach older lions.

It is so sad that they had to beat the lion. Why did they have to be there in the first place. It is not natural for a lion like that to be tamed.

Tzitzis
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Tzitzis

It looks like the big cat wanted to play with his tzitzis. My little cat also likes to play with strings.

Cat Instincts
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Cat Instincts

They should have told him DO tuck your tzitzis in. Cats instinctually will swipe at strings and the like.

Hashem loves us
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Hashem loves us

There is so much hasgocho protis in this story. Hashem watches over us from danger and this man knew it he just KNEW it. I’m so INSPIRED right now to learn from a man who walked with lions!! What bravery! All haters shhhh but you know what they say “haters gonna hate”. This is how we Make America Great Again! With bravery! And courage!

visitors should not be permitted to...
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visitors should not be permitted to...

…touch the lions at all.
the rabbi, whose zchuyos stood him in good stead baruch Hashem, should not have kept his hand on the creature’s back, it’s possible that the human touch made the lion edgy, especially since the rabbi doesn’t look like the average tourist this creature is accustomed to seeing. lions are, after all, majestic creatures of the wild who operate on both instinct and fear. it is how Hashem created them and how He programmed them to act.

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