Camera catches lion lunging at toddler and face-planting on glass wall

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 15:21:40-04

If you own a cat, you know that they crouch down and pounce while playing.

The same thing was caught on video, but with a much larger cat, a 400-pound lion at a zoo in Chiba, Japan.

A 2-year-old boy had a very close encounter when the lion lunged after the boy turned his back.

The good news is that a glass wall was separating the two when the lion pounced.

The glass wall is only about a month old, allowing lions to see their human visitors more than ever before.

Zookeepers say the lion acts similarly each time he sees a small child and simply wants to play with them.

Do you think the lion was just playing?

Either way, it's a good thing that glass wall is thick!