Lion Gives Little Girl Big Scare During Zoo Visit (VIDEO)


little girl stared down by lion at the zooTaking 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!

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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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Tina Goff

Big kitty wants to play!

sassy... sassysuie

Very good thing for that glass. Such a beautiful but very deadly creature.

Momto... MomtoDavid

curious kitty. funny though. But glass is glass no matter how thick it will still break. 

Dave Pottinger

when the lion first approched she had a staking look on her face but right after that she had a motherly look, shades of "Mowgli"

jkp-buff jkp-buff

My sister-in-law was standing with her back to the glass like that, when suddenly one of the male lions saw something that peaked his interest. He came charging at us full speed. We all gasped, which made her turn around to see what we saw just in time for the lion to hit the glass with all four paws at once mere inches from her. She was far less composed than this little girl. Too bad we don't have her screaming on video, it was pretty funny at the time.

momav... momavanessa

Whoa! lol Once we were at the San Francisco zoo and this couple thought this gorilla was trying to touch hands through the glass. They were so excited but it turns out the gorilla was squashing a bug against the glass!  LOL

Autumn Brown

The lion looks so sad.

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