By: Jon Corrigan
A terrifying encounter between a 400-pound lion and a two-year-old toddler at a Japanese zoo was captured on video over the weekend.
In the video, the boy and the lion are seen staring each other through the glass enclosure. Once the boy turns his back, the lion charges towards him and pounces, but was halted by the glass panel.
According to The Metro, zookeepers at the Chiba Zoological Park say that the lion only wanted to play with the toddler.
However, Adam Roberts, the chief executive of Born Free USA, a non-profit animal rights advocacy group, disagrees.
“Lions are natural wild predators and the child in this video, especially when turning his back to the massive feline, becomes prey in the animal’s eyes,” Roberts tells The Dodo. “The firm glass wall held the lion inside his enclosure, surely frustrating his innate instincts. But luckily for the family, if the barrier had not held the consequences could have been catastrophic.”