Zoo lion and young boy have a dramatic staring contest

lion at zoo

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Don’t turn away.

A 2-year-old boy held a staring contest with a lion but got a big rushing surprise instead.

In a video that’s been circulating since Friday, the two look at each other from afar in a Japanese zoo for a few seconds before the boy turns away. With that, he misses the start of a close encounter with a lion, but he’s aware of what happens when a lion tries to get too close.

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According to one report, the glass display was installed in April so visitors were could look at the lions up close. Turns out, the lions can do the same with us.

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.