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Melissa Locker

Francie Lubbe was camping at the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana earlier this month when she inadvertently got up close and personal with a few of the park’s big cats.

Lubbe was in her tent when two lionesses approached and started licking the water that was stuck on the outside of the tent after a heavy rainstorm, ABC News reported. The big cats were no big deal for the cool-headed camper, who whipped out her camera and started recording the action. She even managed to keep the camera steady as the two lions treated her tent like a lollipop.

She posted the images to Facebook, calling the entire experience “a privilege” instead of terrifyingly reminiscent of that Far Side cartoon involving polar bears and igloos. In the comments on her video, Lubbe noted that the door of her tent “was open” but that the lions “decided not to enter.”

“We tried to be very quiet (so as) not to disturb them,” Lubbe wrote. “Yes, it was very special.”  For Lubbe, it is experiences like these that led her to sign up for a safari in the first place.

For those looking for their own intimate encounter with lions, Lubbe noted that the interaction took place while she was camping in the Khiding campsite, which has a reputation for being a favorite spot of the park’s lion population.

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