They told the kid that the lion just wanted to give a witty bitty kiss but I think we can assume the lion’s intentions were much much worse than that. This kind of freaked me out.
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October 15, 2010
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October 17, 2010 at 9:25 am
Holy moly, that was intense. And it seemed so casual for the lion, just a little hop. From sitting to "Looks darn tasty; SNACK TIME! in seconds."
That freaked me out.
October 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm
I'm going with the little girl.
"He just wanted to give you a kiss."
They aren't stupid, you know. That would be…children. A simple, "You're right, sweetie, that was scary. I'm so sorry that happened", would suffice.
October 17, 2010 at 9:01 pm
While I agree, it would be *better* to inform the child that the lion could be dangerous but couldn't get through the glass, the parents were scared too. For pity's sake, how often do you say the exact right thing to comfort your child…especially after having a 200 pound cat lung at you?
October 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm
*lunge (how often do you avoid typos after seeing a lion jump a small child?)
October 18, 2010 at 2:28 am
The parents are obviously loving parents but I think the way they handled this is misguided. The whole "the lion likes you" bit is a mistake, and the "He just wanted to kiss you" bit is an obvious lie. The kid knows better!
Reassure the kid that the zoo knows how to make sure visitors are safe, but make sure he also knows lions are dangerous predators. There are dangerous predators still around. A group of cayotes recently attacked a six year old child. There are mountain lions not too far from cities in some places. Bears have been seen in woods not far from the elementary school behind my house; several people I know have seen them in their back yards. So it isn't smart for kids to have a sanitized view of wild animals.
October 18, 2010 at 3:01 am
Last year this time a lady was killed by "coyotes." (Known to have wolf blood, but still.)
That "Monster Hunt" TV show had an ep on feral dogs, too.
October 18, 2010 at 2:06 pm
I'm not questioning the parents' love for their child. I think it is quite valid to look at how we respond to children in their quest for reality to see whether or not we are taking care of ourselves or taking care of them. It is obvious that the parents did something stupid. "Dance for the lion, sweetie! He likes it!" Seriously? Good idea? And please, the whole conversation afterwards about whether or not they got it on video and that it was cool is a blank reminder that, well, the child is traumatized, but by far, we need to get this to the internet because it is really cool. Ridiculous.
Then, rather than saying, Oh, sh**, that was stupid, they turn it into something that salves their conscience for saying something dumb. We all do it. That's what confession is about. If you've done or said something stupid, if you've put your own discomfort above someone else's, if you have failed to love, then acknowledge it and receive forgiveness.
This is one time (and they are few and far between) that I think a good, swift kick to the butt of the parents is totally appropriate.
October 19, 2010 at 4:43 pm
I love how parents always rush to say what other parents did wrong, or should have done, or should have known. Isn't it fun to tell other parents how they should raise their children?
Like none of you have ever once said something stupid or silly to your children, particularly when adrenaline is rushing through your body?
Any time something scares the crud out of me I say something stupid to my child (frankly, even when I don't have the excuse of adrenaline…)
If I'm being honest with myself, I could totally picture saying the same thing to my child at the time. Then reinforcing, once we're safely away from the zoo and calmed down, the dangers of wild animals. But since we're not privy to the full goings-on in the life of the family in this video, I hardly think a parsing of every little thing said and done is required.
God help me if any video of my parenting ever ends up on the internet.
October 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm
And that's my point. You wouldn't put it up there because you wouldn't want anyone to see it. Here we have typical narcissism which is becoming more and more common – I don't care what state my child is in, I only care that I can make my personal mark on the internet.
I am a mother who has made many serious mistakes and has had to take the time, energy, and resources to help my children recover. And it wasn't easy. And it wasn't pretty. And I did have to own my own mess. And they did have to own their decisions. I did need people to kick me in the butt from time to time, and it was well worth it.
Does every child need to know everything? By no means, but this was a pure and simple fail.
October 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm
I can't help it… there's a side of me that feels a little sad for the lion. Not that I ever would have wanted to see him succeed. Not ever.
Just, from his shoes… it's like he had this little moment where he forgot where he was. This moment where he thought he was free. And then… oh, that's right: none of this is real.
I, Proud lion, king of the jungle, am now just entertainment for that little blonde snack over there.
He looks back up at the glass, almost incredulous. Then, right at the end of the clip, drops his head in defeat. It's this awful little moment where hope is crushed against a plexiglass window.
Of course, it's a very good thing that the plexiglass won. That's just seeing it from his shoes. He doesn't wear shoes, so maybe I'm anthropomorphizing a little bit. Just a little bit.
October 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm
Hehhe, quite a lot… *grin* But it would be an amazing short story!
Probable translation into human:
*wounded-prey like child babble*
*sees small, bouncy, flailing animal-thing, with no obvious risk*
"Not food-toy, out of reach."
October 20, 2010 at 2:47 am
All due respect – the lion is much more than entertainment. He's real, and the little girl is real. Their meeting would be, well, unfortunate. Can we leave the lion out of this?:-) He's making this too sad.
Foxfier – 🙂
October 21, 2010 at 1:50 pm
Hahaha I suppose that's true. If I had caught something like this on tape, it would've stayed IN THE FAMILY. Only to be brought out on prom nights and first dates. The internet can be pretty destructive.
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