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Visiting the zoo can be a confusing experience for children. Animals they may have seen violently fighting others for food in a wildlife documentary, suddenly appear docile and submissive behind glass walls. Sometimes the animal sits there idly. Other times they display signs of zoochosis, like rocking back and forth or hitting themselves. And every once in a while, they really lash out, clearly frustrated in their cruel captivity.

This video is a clear example of the latter. In it, you see a young girl pressing her face against the window of a zoo’s lion exhibit. At first, the lion merely stares at her. For this lion, as with many other zoo animals, visitors are one of their only forms of stimulation. However, mild entertainment quickly transformed into a violent state of irritation when the young girl pressed her lips against the glass, “blowing a kiss” to the large animal.

Suddenly, the lion stands up on his hind legs and starts clawing exasperatingly at the glass. Just as we saw last year, when a Silverback gorilla charged at the glass in a Nebraska zoo after a young girl playfully banged on her chest, these animals are in undeniable states of distress. They may not act like it 24 hours out of the day, but moments like these remind us that not only are these animals are meant to be in the wild, but they are quite aware that they’re imprisoned. Most importantly, when taunted, these animals will react.

This little girl admittedly doesn’t know any better, having grown up in a society where trips to the zoo are arranged by excited schools and parents. Nonetheless, she is without a doubt a catalyst for this lion’s fit of despair. Her actions and the lion’s reaction reveals the distorted and unjust relationship between humans and animals in zoos.

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1,101 comments on “Lion’s Reaction to a Little Girl’s Kiss Shows Just How Much the King of the Jungle Doesn’t Belong in the Zoo (VIDEO)”

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Lib eater
4 Months Ago

Most of the crybabies on this board should join those idiots in PETA.


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Cashcow
4 Months Ago

Lions should be free to try and make it to adulthood ( 1 out of 8 make it ). They should be free to face the high mortality rate in the wild due to injuries, lack of food, disease, being killed by adult lion or some douchebag dentist from Minnesota. They should be allowed the chance to beat the odds.


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pete
4 Months Ago

people who believe in zoos should be put in one


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pete
4 Months Ago

people who believe in zoos should be put in one


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Annalisse Mayer
4 Months Ago

Maybe she just looks really tasty.


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Adam
4 Months Ago

Zoos exist today as a means of preserving our interest in animals a child that does have the opportunity to experience these animals up close is far less likely to care about their existence as an adult.


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Elizabeth Medina
24 Jul 2016

I agree, which is why zoos, aquariums, oceanariums are so important.

Scott
4 Months Ago

I don\'t do zoo\'s, circuses, or bull fights.


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Scott
4 Months Ago

I don\'t do zoo\'s, circuses, or bull fights.


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DH
4 Months Ago

All I saw was a lion acting like a lion.

Anyway, while I agree in theory zoos are bullshit, until we stop eating animals, stop putting pets no one adopts to sleep, and oh yeah actually feed and stop killing humans which are also animals, zoos are not a high priority for me.

imo should zoos do everything they can to make the animals comfortable and feel like they\'re in the wild? Sure.

But looking at it from a thousand miles high, we have as much a right to cage the lion, as the lion has to eat the gazelle :/

Least a deer somewhere isn\'t being eaten alive right now I guess.


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DH
4 Months Ago

All I saw was a lion acting like a lion.

Anyway, while I agree in theory zoos are bullshit, until we stop eating animals, stop putting pets no one adopts to sleep, and oh yeah actually feed and stop killing humans which are also animals, zoos are not a high priority for me.

imo should zoos do everything they can to make the animals comfortable and feel like they\'re in the wild? Sure.

But looking at it from a thousand miles high, we have as much a right to cage the lion, as the lion has to eat the gazelle :/

Least a deer somewhere isn\'t being eaten alive right now I guess.


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