We went on a short trip to Ohio. On the way we stopped at this place that had “wild” animals. There was a pair of lions romping around in their compound; playing like kittens. The female had a rake, she pranced around for quite a while but eventually got tired of that particular toy. She dropped it and like magic the male picked it up and started to chew. Kind of makes you wonder what happened to the gardener. I was incredibly close to this animal, separated by a fence but it was like having a lion in the living room with me. This is not cropped!
In the compound next to the lion we saw a single hyena. This animal exuded power. He ran all the way to the back (probably a quarter of a mile) of his compound and then raced back to us. Didn’t seem to wind him at all. He (or it could be a she), was large. Sort of spooky overall. The shot is of him probably 50 yards away taken with at 340mm.