VIDEO: 400-pound lion charges boy, 2, at zoo in Japan - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

VIDEO: 400-pound lion charges boy, 2, at zoo in Japan

(Source: NBC) (Source: NBC)

CHIBA, JAPAN (NBC) - A two-year-old boy had a close encounter with a lion at a zoo in Chiba, east of Tokyo.

After a staring contest, the male lion runs toward the boy and tries to jump on him but he hits a glass wall that separates the animal from human visitors.

Zookeepers say the lion weighs more than 400 pounds and has a habit of frolicking when he sees small children because he wants to play with them.

The zoo set up the glass display back in April to enable visitors to get a closer look at lions.

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