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Last Updated: Tuesday August 16 2005 15:53 GMT

Small cars confuse park's lions

Confused lions have been chasing small cars at a safari park in Merseyside - because they think they're prey and need to be hunted.

Now staff at Knowsley Safari Park are keeping a close eye on small vehicles which go into the lions' enclosure.

The park manager said lionesses chased after a Smart car after being confused by how small it was.

Two ladies were in the car, but the manager said staff were always nearby to help anyone who got into trouble.

"With Smart cars and sometimes Mini Coopers, the lions definitely raise an eyebrow. It sparks their interest because of their size," the park manager added.

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