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The builder is shocked to find six lions sunbathing on his deck in South Africa

Stop lion around! The pride of six big cats gets scared when the homeowner opens the blinds to the patio where they had a nap

  • David and Mariska De Beer came face to face with the unexpected guests when checking a family member’s property in Hoedspruit
  • The six lazy lions lounged around the patio before finally getting out
  • The property is located on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where lions roam free

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors as they checked a site and found a family of lions on the deck.

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked when they came face to face with six big cats hanging out on the patio.

The squatters’ lions didn’t seem phased by the pair at first, but were startled by the sound of the door closing as they entered the house.

The video showed the big cats that eventually walked into the garden in the city of Hoedspruit.

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they checked into a home and found a family of lions basking on the deck

A couple in South Africa were greeted by some unexpected visitors when they checked into a home and found a family of lions basking on the deck

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked when they came face to face with six big cats hanging out on the patio. Pictured: Five of the lions on the estate's deck

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked when they came face to face with six big cats hanging out on the patio. Pictured: Five of the lions on the estate's deck

David De Beer and his wife Mariska were shocked when they came face to face with six big cats hanging out on the patio. Pictured: Five of the lions on the estate’s deck

The squatter lions didn't seem phased by the pair at first, but eventually moved into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit.

The squatter lions didn't seem phased by the pair at first, but eventually moved into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit.

The squatter lions didn’t seem phased by the pair at first, but eventually moved into the garden in the town of Hoedspruit.

David, the owner of construction firm Davon Construction, said he and Mariska had arrived at his father’s house on the Leadwood Estate to check the property for sale, “only to find that someone has already moved in.”

Images of the lions shot from the house drew admiring comments from social media users who were jealous of the couple’s encounter.

‘We need a garden like that! Beautiful beasts, ”wrote user Ross Goldsworthy.

“Great watchdogs … can feed themselves, no maintenance … no break-ins,” joked Shelley-Anne Dean, another user.

David De Beer, whose father's vegetable garden had been temporarily taken over by the big cats, said he was surprised that 'someone has already moved in' into the vacant building.

David De Beer, whose father's vegetable garden had been temporarily taken over by the big cats, said he was surprised that 'someone has already moved in' into the vacant building.

David De Beer, whose father’s vegetable garden had been temporarily taken over by the big cats, said he was surprised that ‘someone has already moved in’ into the vacant building.

Images shared on social media drew admiring comments from users envious of the couple's close encounter with the big cats

Images shared on social media drew admiring comments from users envious of the couple's close encounter with the big cats

Images shared on social media drew admiring comments from users envious of the couple’s close encounter with the big cats

A social media user joked that the lions would make 'great watchdogs' and would definitely deter would-be burglars

A social media user joked that the lions would make 'great watchdogs' and would definitely deter would-be burglars

A social media user joked that the lions would make ‘great watchdogs’ and would definitely deter would-be burglars

Devin Dawson was more sympathetic to the couple’s dilemma, writing, ‘My God, what can you do here. Talk about discomfort. ‘

The property is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where houses can reportedly be sold for less than £ 100,000.

According to the estate, big cats roam free on 5,500 acres (13,590 acres) of pristine bushveld between Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon.

Construction boss David De Beer (left) and his wife Mariska (right) encountered the lion family on an empty site

Construction boss David De Beer (left) and his wife Mariska (right) encountered the lion family on an empty site

Construction boss David De Beer (left) and his wife Mariska (right) encountered the lion family on an empty site

The property where the lions were seen is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where houses can reportedly be sold for less than £ 100,000

The property where the lions were seen is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where houses can reportedly be sold for less than £ 100,000

The property where the lions were seen is on the Leadwood Big Game Estate where houses can reportedly be sold for less than £ 100,000

According to the Leadwood Big Game Estate, big cats roam free on 5,500 acres of pristine bushveld between Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon

According to the Leadwood Big Game Estate, big cats roam free on 5,500 acres of pristine bushveld between Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon

According to the Leadwood Big Game Estate, big cats roam free on 5,500 acres of pristine bushveld between Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon

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