A Japanese toddler had a lucky escape after a lion charged at him at a zoo in Chiba.
The little boy can be seen turning his back on the enclosure, only for the cat to charge forward and pounce.
The lion was stopped by the glass wall.
The boy shows no fear and he spins around with his hand held out, as to pet the beast.
Zookeepers said the lion gets excited when he sees small children and wants to play with them.