Lion lunges toward 2-year-old behind enclosure

CHIBA, Japan – A 2-year-old boy and his family recently got quite a scare at Japanese zoo.

After a staring contest with the toddler a lion rushed toward the boy and tried to jump on him.

Fortunately the big cat hit a glass wall that separates the animal from human visitors.

The entire incident was caught on camera.

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Zookeepers say the lion weighs more than 400 pounds and has a habit of frolicking when he sees small children because he wants to play with them.

The zoo set up the glass display in April to enable visitors to get a closer look at lions.