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Cricket Player Fined for Dangerous Lion Selfies in India

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Officials say cricket player flouted the park’s rules while taking lion selfies. 

An cricket player in India has found out the hard way that National Parks officials take the rules seriously after being fined $300 for selfies.

Ravindra Jadeja and his wife were exploring India’s Gir National Park back in June. The park is the only place left in the world to find Asiatic lions. And when they spotted some, they apparently couldn’t resist the temptation to get out of their car and get a selfie.

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But in Gir National Park, visitors are not allowed to leave their vehicles. Jadeja posted the incriminating photos to Instagram. Jadeja is a high-profile figure in India as a member of India’s team in a recent world tournament.

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With over 700,000 Twitter followers, it didn’t take long for National Parks officials to get wind of the incident. Jadeja’s father-in-law later gave officials a written statement on the incident and paid the fine of 20,000 rupees. ($300)

Officials said Dedja’s photos showed “the cricketer flouted the rules,” according to the BBC. Ironically enough, Gir Park officials had made warnings in the days prior of the danger of such selfies because there had been some attacks.

It seems no matter where the National Park is, people end up doing stupid and dangerous things.

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Cricket Player Fined for Dangerous Lion Selfies in India