This job provides a surprising range of different learning opportunities. Just today, we learned about UN Regulation 48, which specifies that cars meeting that spec should have one or two rear mounted red fog lamps, approximately as bright as US brake lamps, that the driver can activate during conditions of poor visibility. In the case of the 4th Gen Camaro, which was something of a rarity in the European countries that followed Regulation 48, those lights took the form of a pair of lenses mounted in the bumper.
We also learned that the United Kingdom has a surprising number of drive-through safari parks, where for a small fee, visitors can take their own cars through enclosures where the animals living there can interact with them. Seriously, if you Google “safari park England drive through” you get at least four different venues.
There’s something to be said for places where the human visitors are confined and the animals can roam a bit, but we’d imagine that for big cats, it would still be a pretty dull existence compared to life in the wild.
That is, of course, until one visitor arrives in a Camaro that looks particularly delicious, and one lion decides to take a bite. A video camera in the car behind captures the scene as the lion noms on the bumper, which is apparently so good that he attempts to hold on and stop the car from driving away.
Only the arrival of a zebra-striped park ranger SUV discourages the curious cat, who takes off like he was the zebra being chased, and not the other way around.
Though this video has been around for a bit, we still got to learn, laugh, and vow to always let a friend drive instead of taking our own car when we visit our local drive-through zoo…