Helen Clements, from Gloucestershire, revealed she had grappled with the dilemma of whether to stay in the burning vehicle or step out with her two children into the lion enclosure at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.
She told Sky News: â€˜It was a little bit frightening, and obviously the children were frightened at the time,â€™ she said.
The mother described how she honked the horn in order to get the attention of the park rangers after she noticed smoke coming out her car.
â€˜Then the flames came out of the car, and were obviously coming into the car,â€™ she added.
â€˜We then thought we had better get out the car, but obviously the rangers were saying get back in the car.
â€˜Obviously for safety reasons.â€™
The family managed to avoid 12 lions in the enclosure after being transferred to a rangerâ€™s vehicle before the car burst into flames.
No person or animal was hurt in the incident but the park had to temporarily close while firefighters extinguished the blaze. – Metro