A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they went to check on a property and found a family of lions sunning themselves on the deck.
David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked to find themselves face to face with six big cats that were lounging around on the patio.
The squatter lions didn’t seem phased by the couple at first but were startled by the sound of the door closing as they entered the home.
Video showed the big cats eventually padding off into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit.
David, the owner of building firm Davon Construction, said he and Mariska had arrived at his father’s house on the Leadwood Estate to check the property which is up for sale, ‘only to find someone has already moved in’.
Footage of the lions shot from inside the house drew admiring comments from social media users envious of the couple’s close encounter.
‘We need a garden like that! Wonderful beasts,’ user Ross Goldsworthy wrote.
‘Great guard dogs…can feed themselves, zero maintenance…zero burglaries,’ Shelley-Anne Dean, another user, joked.
Devin Dawson was more sympathetic to the couple’s dilemma, writing: ‘My God, what can you do here. Talk about an inconvenience’.
The property is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate, where homes can reportedly sell for less than £100,000.
According to the estate, big cats roam freely over 5,500 hectares (13,590 acres) of unspoilt bushveld between the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon.