Unbelievable shot shows lion milliseconds from attacking photographer

Atif Saeed Lion Photo LahoreCourtesy Atif SaeedAtif Saeed was lucky to escape with his life.

Atif Saeed is really lucky.

Not only did the nature photographer capture an amazing shot of a male lion in a safari park near Lahore, Pakistan — he lived to tell the tale.

This was almost the last photo he ever shot.

As Saeed tells the Daily Mail, he spotted the lion and decided he had to get closer.

“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.”

But some noise from the camera lens or shutter attracted the lions attention, and just at this moment, he charged.

Saeed tells the Mail that he “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.”

It was about 10 feet away when he managed to jump back into his vehicle.

It turns out the lion didn’t want his picture taken.

Check out more of Saeed’s work on Facebook or 500px.

[h/t io9]

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