Thier glee turned to horror as the 300lb lion firmly took the rear door handle with his teeth and pulled it open in one deft movement.
For several seconds the car remained still while the occupants digested the shock of what had happened before finally hitting the accelerator and driving off.
As they fled, the lion followed in pursuit until it reached the gates of the enclosure. There it was finally held back by a warden who hurled stones to shoo it back.
Richard Holden was in a car behind the Toyota and managed to take pictures of the incident. Link -via Arbroath