Fear, we are taught, is a primal emotion — it is in all of us and we can’t do much about it. Well then, where is that primal emotion to be found in this toddler?
This little boy was brought to the lion pen at the El Paso zoo and it immediately attracted one lioness’ attention. She is seen eagerly trying to get to the boy, tapping away at the reinforced glass that separates the two of them, for more than a minute.
Zari the lioness is said to be interacting with children often, though I wonder how these interactions might end if she could actually get a hold of a child.
In any event, the amazing thing here is that the boy doesn’t seem to be at all frightened by the interaction between himself and the great beast.
The lioness persists in her attempts to grab the child, yet the toddler is unperturbed.
Here is the whole episode — is the big cat playing or eyeing a snack?
1. The toddler appears to be completely unfazed by this hungry lioness. Sometimes lions and cheetah will spend several minutes playing with wildebeest calves or gazelle fawns before finally chomping them.
2. The video shows a lioness at the zoo clawing at the glass and trying to get its jaws around a toddler’s head, all while only inches from the child’s face.
3. At zoos, lions may be provoked by children more often than adults just because they’re lower to the ground.
4. Lions like to bite their prey around the neck or head. Because of how most zoos are constructed — children’s heads tend to be right at the lion’s eye level.
5. Is the big cat playing or eying a snack?
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