By Ellie Duncombe
Shocking footage has emerged of a lion licking a sharp beer can which was lazily tossed aside by a careless tourist.
Remarkably the playful cub wasn’t injured despite nuzzling, licking and playing with the unusual ‘toy’ for half an hour.
The moment was captured by Steve Haley, from Cumbria, during a trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa.
He said: “The cub found the discarded beer can in the riverbed below the bridge I was viewing from and protected it from all the other cubs.
“I watched this activity for a good half an hour and I guess the can was thrown there by some idiot who has no respect or regard for the wild and the animals that live in this beautiful park.
“To throw a beer can out of the window anywhere would be a disgrace let alone a sanctuary for wildlife.
“The lion could easily have sliced its lip or tongue but seemed careful as if it knew to go easy on the metal.
“I don’t think it is a huge issue with rubbish in Kruger but where there are tourists and visitors there is bound to be litter left behind.
“I have never witnessed anything like this before and hope I don’t again but even so it made for some very interesting viewing and it was nice to see this big cubbie playing so lovingly with his new toy.”