Atif Saeed, a nature photographer in Pakistan, just had a close encounter with a lion and captured it all on camera! A lion at a safari zoo park near Lahore locked eyes with the photographer, and right before the lion charged at him, he managed to capture these menacing and stunning photos.

According to Saeed, he got out of his jeep to take a few photos of the lion but the lens’ sound attracted his attention. “I was thinking – I must show the character and status of lion and this was the only way I could think of to achieve this,” Saeed told the Dailymail. The lion approached to as few as 10 feet before it jumped at the photographer and he scrambled back into his jeep.

I was sitting in front of him just near my car and the door of my car was open. I was sat on ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey… I was laughing at that time, but now when I think back about the incident I don’t think I would be able to do it again. It was a pretty close encounter.

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“I was sitting on the ground few feet away, so he was treating me like his prey”

“The story finished in few seconds as the lion aggressively jumped towards me and I just about scrambled into my car”