Animals of the Day: Lions Play With Man at Zoo, Probably Want to Eat Him

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Watch this guy get on all fours and prance around with a couple of young lions at the zoo.

The two appear to play along him as he runs back and forth, and they even start pawing at the glass when he gets really close.

Sure, it's all just fun and games now, but once you get rid of that protective barrier it becomes "dinner time"

A similar video emerged last December, in which a lion at the El Paso Zoo tried to "play" with a cute little kid.

This Lioness Really Wants to Play With or Eat This Baby

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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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