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South African woman spends two weeks in white lions’ den

Posted on: March 30, 2010

A South African woman was so moved by the plight of the local white lion population that she has decided to live with two of them for a fortnight.

Jenny Schmidt entered the Lion’s den on March 25 in her native Limpopo, and will only leave to take the occasional shower.

During the next two weeks, Jenny will eat, sleep and spend her days with 18 month old male, Zuba and seven month old Cobra, two white Lions at the Mystic Monkeys and feathers Wildlife Park.

She made the brave decision to join the cats after discovering that hunters can legitimately shoot the lions, providing they can afford the £109,000 permit.

The white Lion is a significant animal to the local tribe, the Shangaan, who believe the cats are stars descended from heaven.

Although Jenny will be monitored and allowed out for a wash, she will keep wearing the same clothes so the Lions won’t think of her as a new arrival and potentially attack her.

She will live on ice cream and toasted sandwiches for the time being.

Speaking of her hairy encounter Jenny said: “Through this event I want to raise awareness with our youth about our heritage. The white lions are proudly South African.

“This is not a record attempt, so I will leave the enclosure whenever the situation dictates.”

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