At the tiger park in Phuket, Thailand. There are three cardinal rules at the tiger park. Always stand behind the animal, never in front (attack mode), never make a sudden move (lest its instincts kick in) and never stray from the handlers.
I was caught up in taking close up of a sleeping tiger, and see it open eyes through my view finder and the next thing
I realize is that I broke 2/3 rules. No handler within 25 feet, I am standing right in front of the tiger 3 feet away. It took me
all my self control to not run but move slowly. Longest 25 secs. in my life. I almost required a change of undergarments at that moment of realization.