At First Only 2 Lions Wanted to Play With the Camera, Then All of Them Did

Wildlife photographer Chris McLennan mounted a beautiful camera on a remote control car and drove it into a pride of lions. (He has a fun job.)

At first, two young lions approach the camera, curiously. Then suddenly all of them are interested. And by the time the lions are done with it, I'm surprised his camera survived. But it did, and the photos he got are beautiful, too. 

If you want to skip straight the best action, it begins around 1:35.

The video satisfied the crazy cat lady in me because it confirmed that feeling we all have watching our tabbies pounce on laser pointer dots and spiders: cats are cats, big or small. 

 

Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com, where he also oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.


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