This is why we shouldn’t teach children that animals are sweet and cuddly — but that they are actually wild and ferocious. What do you think would have happened to this little boy if it wasn’t for the lion’s enclosure?
This is the astonishing moment a lion pounced at a young child – but was stopped only by the glass separating him from the outside world.
The big cat slammed head first into the enclosure’s screen after lunging at the two-year-old seconds after the youngster turned his back.
The lion, which can run at speeds of up to 50mph, had been locked in a staring contest with the visitor at a zoo in Japan.
He prowled down from a rock and into prime position directly across from the child.
When the youngster, wearing a bright yellow jacket, looked away the big cat took the opportunity to spring forward before slamming full-force into the enclosure wall.
Read more: UK Mirror