Big cat eyes up lad for lunch
A photographer captured the moment a huge lioness at Miami Zoo tried to bite off his seven-year-old son's head.
Young Matthew was never in any danger as the big cat, called Kachifa, was behind plate glass.
But she was clearly fascinated in the boy and mirrored his every move during a ten minute staring contest.
Photographer Armando Sierra kept taking pictures as the lioness even bared her teeth and let out a huge roar.
At one point Kachifa even stood up on her hind legs, dwarfing the young boy, to get a better look at her visitor before bearing her large teeth again.
Armando said: "I try to go to the zoo every week with Matthew who enjoys looking at the lions as well as the chimps and the ducks.
"He likes to hear the lions growl and, since the females are very playful, he can just watch them interact.
"As we approached the glass the lioness immediately charged with aggression towards Matthew.
"She then started to scratch and claw at the glass as if wanting to play and she followed Matthew wherever he moved.
"She seemed to be analysing him and was waiting to see what his next move would be - she wasn't interested at all in me."
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what do you think?
Not funny, poor animal.
This isnt fair on the lion.if this lion keeps being provoked in this way surly sooner or later it might attack one of its keepers.then the authorities will class it as a bad lion and have it put down.
I agree with the first two people to log their comments here. Provoking an animal, wild or not, dangerous or not, is about as funny as a road accident.
They make it sound so dramatic. "Kept taking pictures even as she bared her teeth" Oh wow, it makes it sound like the boy was in grave danger whilst the guy bravely took photos until pulling the boy to safety at the last second. There was a plate of glass in the way...
When I saw this headline I knew you lot would be on it like a shot. You make me laugh more than any of these articles! Poor, Lion, poor Fox, poor Jesus, poor stripper. I know I will get slated for this but please enjoy the articles for what they are, don't take them seriously and maybe get a hobby or two..
"She started to scratch and claw at the glass as if wanting to play"......Now I aint no David Attenborough, but.................
Yeah that sucks, one day it might escape from that glass box... and then they'll shoot it.