ZOO NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD – If you own a cat, you know that they crouch down and pounce while playing.
The same thing was caught on tape, but with a much larger cat – a 400 pound lion at a zoo in Chiba, Japan.
A two-year-old boy got a very close encounter when the lion lunged, after the boy turned his back.
The good news is that a glass wall was separating the two when the lion pounced, smashing his face into the wall.
The glass wall is only about a month old, allowing lions to see their human visitors more closely than ever before.
Zookeepers say the lion acts similarly each time he sees a small child, and simply wants to play with them.
Do you think the lion was just playing?
Either way, it’s a good thing that glass wall is thick!
Meanwhile, at a Belgium zoo, the birth of a baby panda, which looks more like a hairless rat, is being called a miracle.
Just three months after announcing that mother panda Hao Hao was inseminated, she was seen carrying her tiny newborn cub in her mouth.
Officials at Pairi Daiza Zoo say less than 2,000 pandas remain in the wild, and that panda births in captivity are very rare.
Finally, an orphaned baby gorilla at the Louisville Kentucky Zoo is searching for a new mom.
3-month-old Kindi weighs just six-and-a-half pounds.
Her mother died during her birth, so zookeepers wear a furry gorilla vest while feeding and playing with Kindi, .
“She’s reaching a lot of milestones. She has two teeth now, and we wear a furry vest all the time, and we’re trying to have her learn what it’s like to be a gorilla,” said Zoo Assistant Mammal Curator Jill Kakta.
The zoo staff stays with Kindi 24 hours a day, hoping that one of their female gorillas can soon become her surrogate mom.