When Zoo Animals Attack Toddlers

When Zoo Animals Attack Toddlers

It should not be forgotten that the wild animals in zoos don't lose their animal instincts when even when they're caged or behind fences. The most recent reminder came when a fully grown male Lion charged at a two year old in a Japanese Zoo.



A baby's day out at the Chiba Zoological Park in Tokyo turned into something unexpected when a 185 kg lion charged at the boy. The king of the jungle sprinted towards the little boy with full force, only to be stopped by the glass wall of its enclosure.



The toddler is visibly terrified and steps back seeing the enormous animal only an arm's distance away. According to zookeepers, the lion behaves like this every time it sees children, hoping to play with them.



In a similar incident a few weeks back, a 3 year old boy got into a gorilla enclosure and subsequently the beast had to be put down. The Internet has been ablaze since both accusing the parents & zoo authorities of negligence as well as condolences aplenty for the 17 year old Harambe.



In this instance too, people insisted that the beast was not aggressive toward the toddler. But the zoo authorities had to err on the side of caution. Luckily there was no need for that in Japan.
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