Tour gets up close and personal encounter with friendly lion

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Credit: delboysafa/Morguefile

This encounter could have gone in a different way, but a group of tourists visiting a safari park in Vilnohirsk, Crimea, got an experience they will never forget and it was all caught on video.

The video shows a lion named Filya climbing into a tour vehicle to nuzzle and even lick the people in the car, The Sun reported.

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Taigan Safari Park is known for its face-to-face meetings with the lions, Fox News reported.

But the priceless moment happened just weeks after an encounter ended quite differently.

Vitya, a lion at the same park, bit a visitor on her arm and dragged her around the enclosure eight weeks ago, The Sun reported.

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