Fearless 3-Year-Old Stands Up to Fierce Lion (VIDEO)


sofie and lionHave you ever seen a 3-year-old lion tamer? Check this girl out: Sofia of New Zealand was at the Wellington Zoo when she came across Malik, the "stroppy" lion. Stroppy means annoyed, and that's clearly how Malik seemed to feel when Sofia interrupted his breakfast. Her family filmed the lion rearing up at the girl, pouncing on the glass between them with his massive paws.

But Sofia doesn't even flinch! She just stares back at the lion and muses, "What's he telling me?" What's he telling you?!? You're dessert for his breakfast! Okay, she flinches the 2nd time the lion attacks, but man, that's a girl with nerves. Watch out for this one -- she's not afraid of anything!

I love how Sofie reacts to a threatening lion with curiosity instead of fear! Sure, she's probably already familiar with the lion. She and her brother are regulars at the zoo, visiting at least once a month. But her father points out, "She's always had this quiet confidence with animals, but she's certainly more confident with a lion than I would be, that's for sure." Meanwhile, the lion paws away at the window like Max in Where The Wild Things Are: "I'll eat you up!"

Sofie should be an inspiration for parents of girls everywhere. There's an element here to what I'd like to see in all girls growing up right now -- that fearlessness mixed with inquisitiveness. I can see Sofie growing up to be a biologist searching for poisonous snakes in the Amazon, or an investigative journalist, asking dangerous questions! Watch out world, Sofie is fierce.

what a brave girl


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chili... chilichiki

Hell, I jumped when the lion pounced at the window!

nonmember avatar Julian

Thanks for the lovely write up about my Daughter Sofia, She is very excited with all of the attention, Julian

Short... ShortKakes

I think this is cool but I feel bad for the lion for being locked up at the zoo :(

fraoch fraoch

OMG that would be sooooo freaking cool to see for real!!! Good for her and her no fear of that lion :)

MIA0223 MIA0223

Poor lion :(

She should have listened to her mom and moved away.

Why the heck was everyone pointing their finger on the glass taunting the poor thing!

happy... happymama0609

That poor lion. I agree that there was no need to point at the glass already seeing that the lion was pissed off. 

nonmember avatar Tonya

Putting argument of whether a zoo is right or wrong aside, I don't see this lion as a victim of taunting. He could easily walk away. He was looking for a fight. Don't any of you have house cats? Mine attacks fairly regularly unprovoked, and she loves a good swatting match.

nonmember avatar Anon

@Tonya- You talk as if the lion is a person. The little girl could easily walk away too. A predator lion is not going to back down to a smaller 'prey'. They are taunting by pointing in its face and getting closer to the glass near the end, since he can't hurt any of them. Poor lion indeed, having to deal with obnoxious onlookers all day.

mcr17 mcr17

does anyone realize the kid knew the lion was behind glass? otherwise the kid would be scared shitless

Mamie_85 Mamie_85

Good job, Mom. Teaching your child it's okay to tease and taunt a wild animal. When I take my kids to the zoo, it is to teach them about animals. This would never be acceptable, we would leave immediately.

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