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These campers on safari woke up to find a bunch of lions licking water off their tent

Erm… good morning to you, too?

EARLIER THIS MONTH, Francie Lubbe settled down for the night in her tent at Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in Botswana.

The next morning, she woke up find to three lions just hanging around the tent.

Lubbe shared the video and photos of the lions on Facebook on Monday, saying:

What a privilege. It rained during the night and three lionesses licking [sic] the water from the tent.

Not a bother on her.

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“Hey, don’t mind us. Just checking in.”

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The pictures quickly went viral on Facebook where they attracted the attention of conservationists Dereck and Beverly Joubert – they praised Lubbe for not completely losing the plot when she saw the lions:

Too often people panic and behave badly when lions approach in the wild. I appreciate what these travellers did and how they responded… The lions were licking dew or moisture off the tent and not a threat in any way…

We can’t say we’d do the same.

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