Abi’s friend, a carer, who did not want to be named, filmed the footage, and said:
‘It was the last thing you’d expect to happen on a causal day out. We could see as we got into the enclosure that the lions were making a lot of noise, and that a few of them were wrestling with one another. They were dashing around after one another – I think there was a female that they were trying to chase. The employees weren’t able to open the gates to let us out because of the disturbance. Then, out of nowhere, a load of them darted towards my car and started jumping all over it. It was a real shock, but I knew that I couldn’t scream because it would upset the children. I think they were just running from one place to the other, and my car happened to be an obstacle in their way, so they hurtled over it.
One of them went up on the bonnet, and another one managed to jump on the roof. They really got up close and personal. Eventually the gates opened so that we could get out, and we just carried on our day as normal.
The children were talking about it as we drove them back home, they found it absolutely hilarious and were really happy that they got to experience that. I think that the staff were amazing, I have to commend them for what they did. Their presence made us feel safe as it happened.