A fearless lioness shocked her keepers at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire after scaling a 20-metre high tree.
Eight-year-old Kiana was discovered lurking among the branches after climbing a giant sycamore tree in her wooded enclosure.
Keepers say the young lioness has always been a keen climber ever since she was a cub but they have never seen any of the lions venture quite so far off the ground.
As part of the lions’ environmental enrichment, their keepers will often hide food among the branches as it provides a good workout and allows them to use muscles required for hunting and grabbing hold of prey.
Lions at Longleat
Lions have lived at Longleat since 1966 when it became the first place outside of Africa to open a drive-through safari.
Today, it is home to two separate prides as well as cheetahs, tigers, wolves, rhinos, zebras and giraffes.
Large male lions can grow to over three metres in length and weigh more than 240kgs while females are just under two metres long and reach a maximum of 180kgs.
Their life expectancy in the wild is approximately 12 years but they can expect to live to almost twice that age in captivity.