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Zoo lion and young boy have a dramatic staring contest

Don't turn away.


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Posted on Jun 6, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 4:07 pm CDT

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.

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*First Published: Jun 6, 2016, 8:05 am CDT