Terrifying footage captures caged lion charging at a young child

Caught On Camera: Lion Charges Kid
Caught On Camera: Lion Charges Kid

Following the death of Harambe, which made headlines all over the world last week, a new video has emerged showing another child face-to-face with a "wild" animal.

The clip, captured at a zoo in Chiba, Japan, shows a small child in a yellow raincoat pressed up against a glass wall, staring at a massive lion. They appear to maintain eye contact long enough for it to entice the lion, which prompts him to stand up on all fours and lunge at the toddler.

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Luckily, the 400-pound beast is stopped in his tracks by a glass enclosure, which he bounces back upon as the child stares back blankly.

The heart-stopping encounter has left an impact on social media users, with many claiming that the events have them rethinking their next trip to the zoo.

According to The Dodo, Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, commented on the footage, saying, "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."

He continued, saying, "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."

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