I worked at the Detroit Zoo when I was in high school and had a chance to interact with the lions. I'm convinced cat behavior is all the same whether it's a domestic cat, lion, cheetah or whatever. The difference is that a lion can do real damage if it attacks and a domestic cat really can't. The guy did exactly the right thing by standing still when the lioness faced him and put her head down. That was her indication that she would have flushed him if he moved very much. Big cats will very seldom attack anything that they don't or can't chase. I saw some amazing footage of an cheetah on the attack. There was a very young springbok fawn crouching in the grass as its mother had taught it to do. The cheetah approached and the fawn just froze. The cheetah cuffed at it to make it move, which it finally did. It ran about 10 feet and the cheetah only then chased it, pounced and killed it. ________________________________ From: Eric Welch <ericwelch@xxxxxx> To: f4@xxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Thu, February 10, 2011 8:39:42 PM Subject: [nikonf4] Lion's lunch? This is closer than I want to be! http://www.petapixel.com/2011/02/10/photographer-nearly-becomes-lioness-food-with-camera-in-hand/ Eric "It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument."