Three burly wrestlers were no match for a lion as they took on the big cat in a game of tug-of-war. In the hilarious footage filmed at San Antonio Zoo in Texas the crowd cheers as the muscular trio of Ricochet, Fabian Aichner and Killian Dain to best the still-young cub.
Families look on as the team try their hardest to pull the rope which feeds through into the lion enclosure. On the other side of the glass the lion holds the rope with an iron grip, refusing to move even an inch. The crowd can be seen capturing the moment on their mobile phones while the zoo staff grin, clearly amused. The camera pans back to the deflated wrestlers who have by this point admitted defeat.
The group of men are professional performers from the World Wrestling Entertainment world. ‘Just let us know when you are ready to tap out!’ one of the staff is heard saying. The zoo posted the footage with the caption: ‘How many superstar wrestlers does it take to win in tug of war with a 2 1/2 year old lion cub? Apparently more than 3!’
One of the crowd later took to Facebook to say how much they enjoyed the show. ‘Happened to be there when they came and set up and got to see it,’ they wrote. ‘Thanks for putting it on San Antonio Zoo!’ The tug-of-war station was installed as part of the multi million dollar expansion of Big Cat Valley, which contains African lions and Sumatran tigers.
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