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Longleat's line-out lions show how its done...or not.<br />
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Harry, one of the Wiltshire Safari parks younger males was less successful at claiming the ball, and after three failed attempts ended up ignominiously flat on his back.<br />
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Longleat’s lions have been practising their rugby skills ahead of England’s crunch World Cup tie against Wales on Saturday.<br />
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Keepers at the Wiltshire safari park set up their own version of a ‘lion-out’ by suspending a rugby ball from a tree in their woodland home to see how the big cats would react.<br />
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Within minutes young male Klaus was demonstrating his athletic prowess by leaping off the ground to wrestle the oval ball to the ground.<br />
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“They’ve always been alarmingly good at rucking and mauling but we wanted to see how they’d tackle the high ball,” said Longleat’s Ian Turner.<br />
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“Despite weighing close to 180 kgs Klaus is actually extremely light on his feet and leapt high off the ground.  <br />
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“With a reach well in excess of three metres I think it’s safe to say he’d probably come out on top against the world’s best, although his passing skills do leave a bit to be desired,” he added.