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A LION leaps over a stream — just in case there are any crocodiles lurking nearby.

The 600lb beast was captured avoiding the water by photographer Grant Atkinson, 52, in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

A lion leaps over open water in Tanzania

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A lion leaps over open water in TanzaniaCredit: Solent News

He said: “Male lions are very agile for their size.”

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He added: “I have seen many African mammals try to avoid open water, no matter how shallow it is.

“It is most likely a behaviour brought about by the presence and threat of crocodiles.

“Whilst there are not usually any large crocodiles in this part of the Serengeti, it is nonetheless a good practice for the lion to be cautious of open water.

The big cat gets set for his leap

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The big cat gets set for his leap Credit: Solent News
The male lion springs up from his back legs

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The male lion springs up from his back legs Credit: Solent News
The king of the jungle mid jump

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The king of the jungle mid jump Credit: Solent News
And safely landed on the other side of the stream

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And safely landed on the other side of the stream Credit: Solent News

Yesterday we published incredible pictures of a lioness gently carrying her cub in her mouth in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

Cubs instinctively relax when their mothers pick them up.

Lions pick their cubs up by the scruff of the neck and gently hold them in her mouth when transporting to a safe place.

Lion mauls cow in India’s Gujarat state – where 14-year-old girl was savaged

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