Visitors to a Ukrainian zoo will get the chance to see a new attraction after the zoo's owner decided to move into a cage with a pride of lions.
Aleksandr Pylyshenko will be fed through the bars at the same time as the lions and says he will remain there - sleeping in the cage and playing with the big cats for five weeks. Pylyshenko explained: "One of the lions is pregnant - I plan to see the cubs being born and spend some time with them but then I will move out."
The 40-year-old added: "The living conditions will be absolutely the same for the lions and me. We will sleep on wooden floorboards and have food given to us through bars." There will be four webcams planted in the cage. They will provide both experimental integrity and broadcast the 'reality show' on the internet.
During the experiment at the zoo in the city of Vasilyevka in south-eastern Ukraine, Aleksandr, a keen artist, is going to continue his art work. The paintings created will be sold to raise money for the zoo.