Ukrainian zookeeper Alexander Pylyshenko
is either incredibly brave, incredibly naive, or perhaps a little of both. Pylyshenko plans to spend 35 days living inside a zoo's lion enclosure in a cage with a breeding pair of the animals. While Pylyshenko gets along well with the friendly lions now, living with them around the clock may be a different matter, particularly because the female is due to give birth during his five week stay in the cage. Pylyshenko is undeterred by the inherent danger of being in such close quarters with two wild animals.
Pylyshenko is the owner of the private zoo in the Ukranian city of Vasylivka
. He intends to live like the lions do, sleeping on the floor and eating the meat that is fed to the lions through the cage bars. However, he has had a toilet and shower installed in the cage for his personal use. He can not use any scented soaps or deodorants during his time in the cage though, because lions are very sensitive to strong smells.