This pigeon will no doubt be counting his lucky stars after dodging the jaws of death by mere millimetres.
Though dense enough to fly into a lion’s zoo enclosure, the birdbrain was quick to make an escape once the big cat had leapt to his feet.
Snapper David Gartland captured the close call during a trip to Adelaide Zoo.
Oh dear: The pigeon gets its bottom stuck in the lion's mouth
A close shave: The bird takes off, leaving the predator with a mouth full of feathers
He told News.com.au: “It’s always about being at the right place at the right time.”
Or the wrong place, as the pigeon found.