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In pictures: The "flying" lions of Longleat Safari Park

Lions at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire surprised their keepers with these unusual antics. The adult lionesses climbed and jumped from a 10-metre oak tree. Staff say they have never seen this behaviour before, which occurred once the park had closed to visitors for the evening.

A lioness jumps from the tree. Credit: Longleat Safari Park
A lioness contemplates the 10-metre drop... Credit: Longleat Safari Park
...and decides to give it a go. Credit: Longleat Safari Park
She lands safely. Credit: Longleat Safari Park
The lionesses' behaviour was captured once the park had closed to visitors. Credit: Longleat Safari Park
Tree-jumpers of the future? Credit: Longleat Safari Park