Terrifying footage captures caged lion charging at a young child

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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Terrifying footage captures caged lion charging at a young child
RIP #harambe Im sure I will get tons of backlash (per usual) I mean let's be honest, I wear the wrong sweatpants and the entire world has something to say about it, but once again , another senseless horrendous animal being killed over people not using their brains. If you watch the footage, you see this gorgeous animal holding that child's hand. Do with that ,what you will. As sad as this makes me, a part of me is happy for that amazing creature doesn't have to live in captivity another day. Bring on the hate!!!! 👍🏼
Damn homie.. You was just chillin at your crib. R.I.P https://t.co/shTdDzldwh
Oh the poor gorilla,he did nothing wrong,if you watch the video,so sad..as a mother I would've jumped in too.
It seems that some gorillas make better parents than some people.
If your kid purposefully falls into a gorilla cage, you should just tell your kid goodbye. That's called Darwinism.
If you leave your kid in a car you go to jail, if you let your kid fall into a Gorilla Enclosure u should too! #TeamDl
It saddens me to no end that a gorilla had to be put down because of an irresponsible parent. However you look at it, that's just sad.
If I ever let my toddler fall into a gorilla enclosure please leave the gorilla alone and just shoot me.
Taking their eye off the ball, but no child should ever be able to crawl into a gorilla compound. https://t.co/intjxDvUqk
How was the gorilla enclosure not child proof? You're dealing with an endangered species & yet you've made it possible for kids to fall in?
For the record, the parents are absolutely partially at fault, but it shouldn't have been possible, unsupervised or otherwise.
This is why I hate zoos! This is so messed up. This poor gorilla. https://t.co/sdr3KXMyQa
I just don't see how your kid ends up in a gorilla pit. I come from one of those if the kids being too quiet something wrong families.
that Gorilla tt is a rabbit hole i can't stop reading. both tragedy & comedy
PLEASE morning shows, don't put these idiot parents on your programs. The gorilla is dead. NO ONE wants to hear from them. #Harambe
"17 yr old Harambe the Gorilla was shot dead after boy falls into Ohio zoo enclosure" Where were the parents?! https://t.co/q3hS34xccL
Last week a naked man in Chile jumped in a lion den on purpose now this boy with the gorilla...Beautiful innocent animals killed. Smh 💔 🦁🦁🐵

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