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The Longleat lion who spends all day up a tree
Lion at Longleat
Four-year-old Sweet Pea spends most of her day up a tree

A lioness at Longleat Safari Park has taken to spending most of her time asleep up a tree.

'Sweet Pea' is being monitored closely by staff in case she ever needs assistance getting back down.

The four-year-old can shin 30 feet up the sweet chestnut tree in a matter of seconds before settling down to sleep.

Ian Turner, deputy head keeper, said: "She has only just started climbing up the tree but it is already very much her favourite.

"In the wild lions are known to climb trees when they want to feast on a piece of meat that they don't want another lion getting hold of.

"She must have fabulous views over the parkland although I have to admit I won't be joining her for a look.

"It is good to see such natural behaviour but we're just hoping that she doesn't get stuck up there."

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