Ever wondered, to what extent the wildlife photographers go to click pictures and video shots with their camera plus with all the baggage they have to carry with themselves. Well, they need to be extra careful whenever they are capturing pictures of wild animals like lion, tiger and among others who can be unpredictable at a time when you think they are just roaming around.
Such an incident happened to a photographer when she dropped her camera by chance and a saucy lioness took it away and gave the next level to let the humankind see.
The photographer's name is Barbara Jensen Vorster who dropped her in Mashatu Game Reserve in Botswana when she was shooting at a natural reserve with a Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens — a camera kit worth over $2,000! Luckily, the photographer had an extra camera to shoot the whole incident. The lioness took the lens in her mouth and carried it away to her cubs and let them play with a camera worth $2000.
Taking to her Instagram, Barbara wrote talking about this incident, "#africaforever #canon #canonphotography #mashatu #c4 #janetkleyn #shemcompion #lions What happens if you have to many gadgets and you drop your Canon 7D with 100-400 on the ground at a lion sighting. There were cubs and she was not impressed with us. She approached and we had to reverse. She gently flipped the camera over and picked it up. She carried it for quite a way and the dropped it for the cubs to play with. We could retrieve the camera it is very dirty but appears to still work. It wrapped it in a Maasai shuka & will take it to Canon .... priceless experience".
Take a look at her post:
"As soon as one lioness heard the thud, she looked up, growled and approached the vehicle. We had to reverse without attempting to retrieve it."
“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.
Post this, she found the abandoned camera which is working properly with some scratches at the surface. The camera was “very dirty but appears to still work,” Vorster says. “There are two huge teeth marks on the rubber focus rings of the lens and small teeth marks on the plastic lens hood, both of which I decided not to replace.”