I’m sure the zoo probably doesn’t refer to it as “doing tricks” but that’s what popped into my head. Abuto, the male lion at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, gets some treats for performing for the handler.
I used the bandaid tool in Photoshop to try to remove the chain-link fence from in front of Abuto’s regal face. What felt like a billion clicks later, I had the following image; and I’d lost my will to try it for all of these photos:
He looked so cute keeping his face between his paws, as if someone would attempt to steal his treat… I suppose in the wild, animals do. But none of them were at the zoo.