Wildlife photographer Barbara Jensen Vorster was on a safari in Botswana when she had her camera stolen. The thief was not a human, however, but a lioness.
Voster was at the Mashatu Game Reserve with her $2,000 camera kit when she accidentally dropped it. The lioness approached the group of people immediately to steal the camera. Luckily for us, the photographer had another camera to capture the moment.
“The camera fell with the lens looking up, she gently flipped the camera on its side and picked it up by the barrel of the lens,” Vorster told The Daily Mail.
Putting the telephoto lens in her mouth, she carried the camera to her playful cubs who pounced on their new toy. Just like every child, however, they grew tired of it eventually, and Voster retrieved the still-functioning camera.
There were two huge teeth marks on the rubber focus rings of the lens and small teeth marks on the plastic lens hood. She had to pay almost $300 to get it repaired, but so what? “What photographer can boast that their lens had been in a lion’s mouth?” Vorster asked.