Man plans to live with lions for 5 weeks to raise money for his zoo. Hmm….

Some crazy guy wants to live with his lions for 35 days to raise awareness and money for his private, underfunded zoo. I mean, that’s great for the lions and all, but this sounds like it will end badly for the fellow. Here’s the rest of the story:

A Ukrainian zookeeper plans to spend five weeks living in an enclosure with two lions to raise funds for the zoo.

Alexander Pylyshenko, who entered the lions’ enclosure on Tuesday, said he plans to spend the next 35 days painting pictures of the lions which he will sell to raise money for new buildings.

The 40-year-old even intends to help a pregnant lioness give birth during his time with the lions, the zoo said.

“I hope that my attitude and the optimism with which I approach this project will be understood by people,” he said in a statement on the zoo’s website.

He told a local newspaper, Nash Gorod, that he planned to take showers and use a toilet outside the enclosure but would sleep on a wooden platform inside.

The private zoo in the town of Vasylivka in western Ukraine, around 500 kilometres from Kiev, has two lions, named Samson and Katya, living in a bare enclosure.

Hasn’t he ever heard of Timothy Treadwell? Wild animals will always be wild animals, no matter how cuddly and sweet they are 95% of the time. Anyway, I wish him the best, and hope this is all a publicity stunt. And I hope he can sleep with one eye open.

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