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  • 4 May 2012, 10:34

Zoo lioness tried to maul toddler

A video of a lioness unsuccessfully trying to maul a toddler through the plate glass of a US zoo has gone viral.

Posted on YouTube two days ago, the clip has already notched up more than 1.3 million views online.

The amateur footage shows Kya the lioness being frustrated by the glass partition at Oregon Zoo in Portland.

Dressed in a zebra-like black and white hooded top, Jack Baltzor appeared relaxed as the lion desperately tried to get at him.

The 250lb lioness swiped furiously at the glass, even trying to grab the child with her jaws.

Filmed by his mother, the toddler simply said "kitty, kitty" as the four year-old lioness continued her hopeless assault behind him.

His mother Heather Baltzor told the Huffington Post: "It was Jack's first trip to the zoo... We were not worried. We thought it was hilarious."

And she added: "We didn't even realise he looked like a zebra until we got home but a lot of the animals in the zoo - the crocodiles and the jaguars - apparently did. They would come up to the glass and look at him."