A zoo keeper sent a dominant male lion scampering away in fear – using just his slipper.
In the highly amusing video, owner Oleg Zubkov breaks up a scrap between the pride of lions at his park in Ukraine.
In the footage, filmed at Tagan safari park in the Crimea, the big cats are seen picking on one of the group’s smaller females.
Zoo director throws his ‘magic slipper’ to protect lioness
Oleg notices the dominant male approaching the scrap and decides to intervene.
He climbs out of his open safari vehicle and strides towards the group, apparently unconcerned for his own safety.
The pride growl threateningly at the young female but the hospitality ends almost instantly after Oleg makes a surprise intervention.
Standing right in the middle of the crowd of deadly beasts, he takes his slipper off and waves it around in the air.
Safari park owner Oleg Zubkov strides towards the pride to break up the scrap
The females back off before he launches the shoe at the powerful-looking male.
The leader of the pack, once so intimidating, scampers away in fear with its tail between its legs.
Oleg picks up the slipper and once again launches it, this time at a female lion.
Using just a slipper he stops the dominant male from attacking one of the smaller females at his park in the Crimea in Ukraine
‘They are being naughty and so here comes the magic slipper,’ he says.
‘This is a scary weapon,’ he adds, addressing a group of tourists looking down from a viewing platform.
Zubkov continues talking to the pride leader: ‘Behave yourself! I will not treat you like a lion. I will spank you!’
While he is dealing with the male, one of the other, smaller lions creeps off to take shelter behind the safari car, clearly terrified of the slipper.