Taking kids to the zoo has to be one of the best, easiest ways to spend a lazy day. Most of us have great memories of when going as children or have taken our children to check out the penguins, gorillas, llamas, even lions. (As my 4-year-old niece would say, "Lion! Rawwwr!!") Well, one family recently made quite the memory during their visit to the lion's den at a local zoo.
Their little girl was posing with her back to the glass baring her from the lions roaming around in their habitat and all of a sudden, a female lion snuck up behind her ... Whoa! Check it out:
AHH! Thankfully, there was glass, huh?! And thankfully, the lion seemed more curious than anything else (like angry, ack!), and best of all: The little girl seemed startled, but more amused in the moment following than totally frightened and freaked out. Whew!
But also, did you notice in the moment right after the freak-out, the other little girl to the left starts to tease the lion? Good thing the mom quickly rebuked her. All too often at the zoo, you'll see people -- adults and kids, who are of course following by example -- teasing, taunting, goading the animals. It's just plain cruel! What the second little girl did here was no real biggie, but the point is, as a parent, you can never be too sure. What you think of as a benign gesture or noise could potentially set a lion off. Better to err on the side of caution -- especially where there are children and wild animals involved!
What would you have done if you were the parent in this clip?
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