King of the jungle gets the royal treatment with a paw massage

Straits Times Animal Antics

An animal trainer at South Africa's Jugomaro Predator Park was certainly not pussyfooting about when he did this.

Dressed in just a sleeveless T-shirt, shorts and sneakers, he gave one of the resident lions a paw massage, much to the apparent delight of the king of the jungle.

It can be seen purring and rolling about on the floor.

The 500ha park, which opened in 2009, is home to 12 tigers, five lions, 12 Canadian timber wolves, three caracals and a jaguar.