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(Chron)   Lion Country Safari starts to cage big cats due to idiots who get out of cars to play. "People are just ignorant about this size animal," says director of park. "They think because we feed them every day that they're tame."   (chron.com) divider line 49
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2006-01-08 06:29:02 AM
Just post a sign.

1. Post a sign
2. People ignore it, lions still eat them, no need to feed them anymore
3. Profit!!
 
2006-01-08 07:55:39 AM
Let em feed the lions, this way I get monies worth!
 
2006-01-08 07:55:41 AM
Just let them(the idiots not the lions) die. It will entertain and delight the people smart enough to stay in the trucks. Probably increase business if people start thinking there's a chance they get to see an idiot Darwin themself.
 
2006-01-08 07:57:34 AM
awww.....

Mommy I wanna see Simba eat Mr Stupidhead!

Why did they put the lions in the cages?

Mr Stupidhead would make a nice snack for Mr Simba!
 
2006-01-08 07:59:58 AM
It makes me sad. Growing up in that area, I remember going to LCS multiple times. Over and over again even during elementary school to the point that I was sick of it, but still, the niftiest thing about it in my mind was seeing the lions come up right to the vehicle.

However, we actually paid attention to the signs and kept the windows up and doors shut. It wasn't that hard, but then again, we were all natives. It is the damn tourists that don't know what the hell they are doing in Florida (although native idiots take a lot of the blame for the Florida tag).
 
2006-01-08 08:01:45 AM
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2006-01-08 08:09:23 AM
Having grown up a few miles away from Lion Country Safari, this does not surprise me.

For those who are curious, Lion Country Safari has a long road loop where you can drive your car amongst various African wildlife. The commercials always showed giraffes galloping across the street and rhinos looking in your window, although every time I went the animals were much more likely to be sleeping under a tree in the shade. Now that I'm almost done with law school, I'm really curious about all the legal implications of giving people free reign to drive around wild animals in their own cars.

Additionally, I recently ran into the Tarzan guy who lost his tiger a year ago. What can I say, there are worse places to live in Florida.
 
2006-01-08 08:11:50 AM
Meals on wheels.
 
2006-01-08 08:31:33 AM
It's a nice idea for a way to see wildlife, but doesn't the cars' pollution bother the animals?
They should put in a bike path for a more refreshing, healthier way to get the safari experience.
 
2006-01-08 08:38:56 AM
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2006-01-08 08:59:37 AM
ok ok ok ok (pesci) Theres an old joke "what does a 500lb. canary say? give up? "HERE KITTY KITTY KITTY"!!!!! ok ok ok ok. What does a 800lb. lion say at Lion Country Safari? "HERE STUPID STUPID STUPID". "What time does the drive thru open. I am awfully hungry". These people are wasting perfectly good amounts of skin and water. "Go Darwin Go Darwin Go Darwin". Hey what a novel approach. Sushi on Sneakers, BRILLIANT :-)
 
2006-01-08 09:23:07 AM
Damn, guess we'll have to come up with another way of reducing the out-of-control Yankee population in South Florida.
 
2006-01-08 09:25:42 AM
Let Darwin Rule!
Let Darwin Rule!
Let Darwin Rule!


/and pray for Omarion
 
2006-01-08 09:37:15 AM
Lion Country Safari is still open? Wow -- I went there about 30 years ago when I was a kid.

I don't remember seeing any lions, but I clearly remember an ostrich coming right up to the car and looking in. Maybe he was looking for a ride away from the lions.
 
2006-01-08 09:43:18 AM
The saddest part is that if anybody is actually attacked, they would bring a lawsuit to the Safari place. Personal responsibility surrenders once others are made to pay for one's stupidity.
 
2006-01-08 09:49:49 AM
I'd say damn the idjits and throw down the cages, but the first time some dumbass decided to pet the pretty kitty and got his head ripped off, they'd have to shoot the lion.
And then I would be sad.
 
2006-01-08 09:51:30 AM
We know that if just one idiot tourist gets mauled, the place will be sued and shut down. They should just switch to vehicles driven by tour guides who would control locking the doors and windows. Electric vehicles would be good because they would be quiet.

People are too stupid to be left to their own devices. I lived in Ft. Lauderdale back in the late 70s and remember a tourist family who visited the Miami Serpentarium at that time. The serpentarium had dug a deep a pit to house their 20 year old fat crocodile, Cookie, who usually just laid in the pit without moving. The pit had a short, maybe 3 foot, retaining wall all around it. A little boy asked his dad what would happen if he jumped into the pit. The dad said, that would be the end of you. The next thing you know, the kid had jumped into the pit and the croc had dragged him under water and killed him. The Serpentarium owners were so upset they wanted to shut down the facility but the kid's dad said no, it was our fault. That would probably never happen these days.
 
2006-01-08 09:51:49 AM
They should have pictures of partially eaten animals at the entrance with the caption "This could be you".

Maybe a few would take it seriously.
 
2006-01-08 09:58:05 AM
FreakyCheeseMan

I'd say damn the idjits and throw down the cages, but the first time some dumbass decided to pet the pretty kitty and got his head ripped off, they'd have to shoot the lion.
And then I would be sad.


This is true. In the story I related, the owner of the Serpentarium shot the crocodile the next day. Of course crocs are not as cute and furry as lions but it had been the facility's pet for decades.
 
2006-01-08 09:59:26 AM
We should just put up pictures of the lions. Won't anyone think of the children?
 
2006-01-08 10:05:01 AM
etoof: 1. Post a sign
2. People ignore it, lions still eat them, no need to feed them anymore
3. Profit!!



Dude you would not believe the size of the signs and amount of shiat you have to go through just to get in there. If your airconditoner is broken, they rent you a car for the trip for like $9.

dodecahedron: the owner of the Serpentarium

Ah I remember that place! That was Jack Haas? His kid does research or something now?
 
2006-01-08 10:11:59 AM
Another example of idiots ruining it for everyone else. In a fair world, these twits would just get an all-expenses-paid trip through a lion's digestive system, and everyone else would be happy.
 
2006-01-08 10:18:48 AM
Bet these are the same people who don't believe in evolution. Fundies....mmmmmmmm.
 
2006-01-08 10:20:54 AM
The only part that bothered me, and there was no warning sign, was when I saw the chimps coming up to my car with a floor jack and lug wrenches.

I thought, this can't be good.
 
2006-01-08 10:25:24 AM
Murrika the Smart!
 
2006-01-08 10:32:35 AM
Another problem these places have is that the cars are getting too small. The lions have a tendency to instinctively stalk Minis, for example.
 
2006-01-08 10:35:23 AM
Ok, correct me if I'm wrong, but won't this turn the whole thing from a safari park into a drive-thru zoo?
 
2006-01-08 10:55:15 AM
You ARE planning on having lions on your lion tour, right? (tap tap tap) Hello?

/hate that man
 
2006-01-08 11:23:59 AM
This place wasn't "Discount Lion Safari," was it?

/oh, Bea...
 
2006-01-08 11:29:17 AM
If you DON'T understand that THIS WILL EAT YOUR FACE, perhaps you shouldn't be allowed to reproduce. The lion is one of the biggest predators in nature; it can eat a freaking zebra, for pete's sake. Keep the windows rolled up, or your arm and torso are going to be brunch.

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2006-01-08 11:29:42 AM
Just to show that stupidity is very well spread around the globe: about a year ago, a german woman visiting a safari park in Spain got out of her car to pet some lion cubs that were lying in the grass.

Mother Lion was not amused, but dinner was served.

/Visited that same park three years ago
//deactivated the power windows for all and locked the doors.
 
2006-01-08 11:36:24 AM
SwiftFox: Another problem these places have is that the cars are getting too small. The lions have a tendency to instinctively stalk Minis, for example.

SUVs are small?
 
2006-01-08 12:05:35 PM
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dodecahedron: the owner of the Serpentarium

Ah I remember that place! That was Jack Haas? His kid does research or something now?


Faethe, it was Bill Haast. I think he moved his research facility to Punta Gorda in the 1990s. I am not sure if he is still alive or what his son is doing, tho I could google and see if anything turns up. My ex-hubby used to sell him his lab supplies down in Miami and would come home and tell me stories about the place. I went to see the show once...he grabbed this giant cobra and milked it for a crowd. He'd grab the thing and force its fangs into this funnel with a tube that was covered by a membrane of some sort. I couldn't believe how much venom came out of that snake. His wife used to do the running commentary while he went through the motions, and laid on the drama almost to the point of parody.
 
2006-01-08 12:18:02 PM
A similar park in Canada, African Lion Safari, was ordered to pay $2.5 million last year after a tiger attacked two guests through their open car window.

What the hell?! How can you ignore the rules, get YOURSELF maimed by tigers, and then blame someone else for it with the expectation that you deserve money? Can we just administer an IQ test to people when they turn 16? Anyone who is below, oh, say ?120? loses and becomes tiger food.
/IQ higher than 160
//wouldn't roll down windows
///can't understand the idiots that think it's ok
 
2006-01-08 12:23:26 PM
Wow! I've not been to Lion Country Safari since the 60s! It was kinda nice from what I can recall of it.

However, think of it as evolution in action. The STUPID go in and discover real fast that a real lion isn't like a cartoon one. When I went, they had warning signs up all over the place about what to do and not to do while among the animals.

This is kind of like that old 'Red Button' joke. Place a red button somewhere and make sure that everyone knows NOT to push it and someone will. (They actually did something like that in the UK. They placed a yellow post with a big, red button on it along with a huge DO NOT TOUCH sign, on a sidewalk and filmed folks walking by. A percentage pushed the button.)

We need to start setting limits for what one can sue over. STUPID needs to be one of them.

There have been assorted video clips on America's Funniest Home Videos showing idiots in wild life parks, in their cars, among bears, with their windows part way down, FEEDING the buggers, who promptly rip out the window looking for more. Then the problems in a few National Parks, which usually have signs up all over the place telling you not to feed the bears -- and someone does and gets a biatchewed up or discovers that a 500 pound, rolly poly furry critter can make shreds of their $5000 camper looking for Cheetos.
 
2006-01-08 12:24:16 PM
Wow! I've not been to Lion Country Safari since the 60s! It was kinda nice from what I can recall of it.

However, think of it as evolution in action. The STUPID go in and discover real fast that a real lion isn't like a cartoon one. When I went, they had warning signs up all over the place about what to do and not to do while among the animals.

This is kind of like that old 'Red Button' joke. Place a red button somewhere and make sure that everyone knows NOT to push it and someone will. (They actually did something like that in the UK. They placed a yellow post with a big, red button on it along with a huge DO NOT TOUCH sign, on a sidewalk and filmed folks walking by. A percentage pushed the button.)

We need to start setting limits for what one can sue over. STUPID needs to be one of them.

There have been assorted video clips on America's Funniest Home Videos showing idiots in wild life parks, in their cars, among bears, with their windows part way down, FEEDING the buggers, who promptly rip out the window looking for more. Then the problems in a few National Parks, which usually have signs up all over the place telling you not to feed the bears -- and someone does and gets a biatchewed up or discovers that a 500 pound, rolly poly furry critter can make shreds of their $5000 camper looking for Cheetos.
 
2006-01-08 12:43:24 PM
Human... the other white meat.

or

Humans... soft on the outside, crunchy on the inside.
 
2006-01-08 01:36:33 PM
This is just the start.
The end of life as we know it is only a few years away.
Next will be a ban on walking down the street without a safety walker and a safety helmet in case the stupid among us should trip and fall.
How about, a maximum speed limit of 5 miles per hour to protect those who can not drive safely any faster.
Lets have a total ban of Farmers markets. That should save countless lives.
By constantly protecting the stupid from themselves and eliminating personal responsibility thus reversing the very nature of our evolution, we will also create our demise.
Between politicians and lawyers we will eventually evolve back into amebas
As much as I dislike the abundance of laws and rules we have (most of which are only to protect the stupid anyway) I would like one more (which in turn could reduce laws for people capable of thinking)
Mandatory Stupidity Testing.
If you dont pass, you dont get to play with the rest of us.
Those that do pass get a license to live by their own volition
 
2006-01-08 01:54:04 PM
I loved that place as a kid. It sucks that Lions can no longer hump buicks because the stupid of the world figured out another way to ruin things for people.
 
2006-01-08 02:16:00 PM
Here's an idea, post signs up... and keep the Lions fed, but not well fed, so they're actually hungry a good part of the time.

Then let the first few morons do what they like, and let their bones serve as a warning to the rest.

I'm sorry, but I just do not have any sympathy for anyone who thinks that you can just go ahead and 'play' with the lions like they're big housecats. Any judge who agrees to hear a case involving someone who (of their own accord) walked out to "play" with the lions is an even bigger idiot.
 
2006-01-08 02:50:39 PM
I share with you, embarrassed and humble, my own experience... from the other side...

I went to Lion Country Safari when I was 11, unfortuneately, I went as one of the stupid.

Not stupid enough to get out and try to pet a bloody lion, mind you, but I was a window-roller.

I thought, "An ostritch is just a bird, a rather big bird, but what could it do?" They don't look viscious... My mother and everyone else in the car were absorbed in some other animal on the other side of the vehicle, so rolling down the back passenger side window didn't attract their attention. The loud crack! followed by my scream, did.

I now have a dent in the right side of my skull, and a rather hilarious picture of an ostritch. My mother didn't feel the need to punish me further, she just asked me how it felt, and made sure I was well aware that it was my own stupidity which brought about the bleeding.

I still hear about it at every family reunion.
 
2006-01-08 02:57:59 PM
How fuking stupid can you be. Ive been on safari in kenya, and EVERYTHING ignores you if you stay in your cars. The only times they get people hurt, one or two a year, is when some jackas gets out of the jeep to get a better picture, after ignoring the guide, and gets farking eaten.

We went to someplace with lions in a game park, the viewing area was a bunker sort of things with the lions on the other side. They made it real clear, that the lions can and do reach through the viewing slit, so pay farking attention, and dont put anything out the other side, because they will go for it, and theres already 2 cameras in there with them that they grabbed from people. Theyve had 4 people clawed in the face and head since they opend 10 years ago. It was so farking cool. If theis was the us the idiots would have sued them for allowing them to be stupid.
 
2006-01-08 05:07:54 PM
Don't blame the lions. Blame the blood sucking lawyers that would tear the place to shreds if someone lost their precious daughter Breeyana because they ignored the dozen warning signs & staff instructions and left the top down on the Mercades and a lion ate her.

Too many lawyers profiting off of stupid people that deserved death.
 
2006-01-08 06:06:35 PM
How do you keep a Detroit Lion out of your yard?
Put up goal posts

/obvious...
 
2006-01-08 06:56:01 PM
"This is kind of like that old 'Red Button' joke. Place a red button somewhere and make sure that everyone knows NOT to push it and someone will. (They actually did something like that in the UK. They placed a yellow post with a big, red button on it along with a huge DO NOT TOUCH sign, on a sidewalk and filmed folks walking by. A percentage pushed the button.)"

To be fair, a button with a sign isnt exactly a 400 lb. carnivore. And a button like that would be obvious to the point of absurdity and I imagine more than a few people knew exactly why it was there. Common sense says a 'big cat' preadator can and may be inclined to eat you, it also says any big red buttons in public with a 'do not touch' sign is likely a joke or a lame attempt at social science.
 
2006-01-08 07:10:22 PM
Fook

"Common sense" is badly named.
 
2006-01-08 08:49:34 PM
"I'm a bad boy!"

/Today's obscure cartoon reference
 
2006-01-09 12:27:31 AM
Sounds like a self-solving problem to me.
 
2006-01-09 02:34:04 AM
Impeding natural selection makes me angry. People that stupid deserve to be eaten. In an ideal world, if they survived, they would be fed to the giant snake at the end of the safari.
 
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