Lion Tries to Eat Zebra-Striped Toddler

Boy unfazed by hungry predator at Oregon Zoo

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 4, 2012 12:29 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In his black-and-white striped hoodie, one-year-old Jack Baltzor must have looked a lot like a tasty little zebra to a hungry lioness. In video taken by his parents, the 250-pound predator at the Oregon Zoo swipes furiously at the glass separating her from the toddler, even trying to take him in her jaws. Even after he noticed the lion, Jack seemed completely unfazed.

"We were not worried. We thought it was hilarious," his mother tells the Huffington Post. "It was Jack's first trip to the zoo. We didn't even realize 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." The family plans to visit the San Diego Zoo this summer—where they will dress Jack in the same outfit.

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