By Bunmi Adigun @Bunmi_Adigun

A PRIDE of cheeky lions decided to get their 15 minutes of fame by stealing a GoPro

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Videographer / director: Massimo Da Silva
Producer: Mark Hodge, Nick Johnson
Editor: Joshua Douglas, Ian Phillips

The cheeky lions worked together to steal the camera

Lions from the Avoca pride at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, nonchalantly strolled up to the camera - before one of the cats decided to put the camera in its jaws.

One of the cat burglars managed to run off with the camera in its mouth

Photographer Massimo Da Silva placed his GoPro camera near the majestic animals hoping to capture some unique footage, however it did not go according to plan.

The lions used chewed on the camera as if it was food

The 29-year-old said: “ We arrived at the waterhole in the morning and there was the Avoca pride, we approached them and decided to put a GoPro up to see what would happen.”

The lions brought the camera back to their pride

Hoping to outsmart the lions, Massimo attached his camera set-up to a length of fishing nylon for a quick retrieval - but failed to account for their quick reflexes.

The lions were snapped by Massimo and the group as they played with the GoPro
Massimo was hoping to capture unique footage of the lions

Massimo was left shocked when the two big cat burglars easily took the GoPro to the rest of their pride.

The lions eventually grew bored of their new toy

However, all was not lost as the lions captured unique footage of their pride as they shared the camera with each other.

He said: “When we arrived back at the sighting, we saw that the camera was in the mouth of the lion without the casing.”

There was some superficial damage but the camera was still working

The lion who initially picked up his GoPro managed to open the casing, causing the camera to tumble to the ground, only to be picked up by another member of the pride.

Park ranger Brad Marais gives the camera a smile

Although the camera was left with puncture wounds, Massimo was amazed to find that it was still working.

In typical cat fashion the lions soon grew bored of their new chew toy and dropped the camera - allowing Massimo to swoop in to retrieve it.

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