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A thick pane of glass is all that stands between this female lion and lunch.

Zari, a 7-year-old African lioness at the El Paso Zoo, was captured on video "playing' with this kid back in December.

She is either really fascinated by children, or she really wants to eat them.

The zoo says the animals are just curious, and that the glass is definitely strong enough to protect anyone from harm, so there isn't anything to worry about here.

"When some of our lions see little kids, it seems like it calls attention to them and they want to check them out," a zoo spokesperson told TODAY.com. "She was just trying to play, and the baby was so close. The baby is safe behind a really thick window, which is made so that visitors can see the animals up close."

But lion expert Craig Packer told The Daily Mail that the beasts like to play with babies before eating them.

"Predators generally treat calves/fawns/babies differently from adults because they are such easy prey; there's no real chance of escape, so what's the hurry?" he said.

Yup, she just wants to check him out… with her teeth.

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It's "Hungry Hungry Hippos" IRL.

South African videographer/photographer Craig Clive Jackson recently caught this scary moment on camera during a safari on the Chobe River in Botswana.

A hippo charges after the speedboat and then shoots out of the water directly behind it.

"Throughout most of the year the hippos ignore the boat and we can photograph them using our long lenses," said Toby Jermyn, of Pangolin Photo Safaris. "During breeding season however the 'bulls' (males) have huge amount of testosterone coursing through their veins and they become very aggressive."

These large beasts can move a lot faster than you might think.

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It's moving day for this little hermit crab.

New year, new home!

British photographer Steve Guntrip recently caught the magical moment on camera.

Watch as his pet Pagurus Prideaux slips out of his old shell and into a brand new one.

Warning: there's lots of crab nudity in this video, so WARNING if that sort of thing bothers you.

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Can’t. Stop. Watching. This.

What exactly is going on here is unclear, but one thing is for sure: this cat is have a worse day than you are.

“Wizard of Cat” wishes you a happy Friday, and hopes someone comes to rescue him from this horrible nightmare.

Via: RuptlyTV
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Blade is a spur-thighed tortoise who can’t walk on his own due to a bone metabolism disorder. His heavy shell puts too much strain on his weak legs.

So a German vet name Dr. Carsten Plischke decided to build him a tiny wheelchair made out of his son’s Legos.

He glued the blocks to the bottom of his shell, and with the extra support, he can now glide around much easier while building up strength in his legs.

The video is in German, but the overwhelming cuteness transcends all languages.

For the next iteration how about we upgrade him to a sweet Lego DeLorian?

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What’s black and white and rolls down a hill?

Bao Bao the baby panda enjoying her first snow day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

While Tuesday’s snow may have ruined your day, the sixteen month-old cub seemed to really enjoy it. The little ball of fur tumbled around in the white stuff and wrestled her mother Mei Xiang.

And she wasn’t the only one amused by the storm. Here are some lion cubs tackling each other and a gray seal shoving its nose into the snow.

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