Video of 'zebra boy' and lion at Oregon Zoo goes viral

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by TERESA BLACKMAN / KGW

KING5.com

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 4:54 PM

PORTLAND -- A video of a little boy's visit to the lion exhibit at the Oregon Zoo has been getting quite a bit of attention, becoming a viral sensation online.

The boy, named Jack, is dressed in a striped jacket that looks a little like a zebra, and the lioness is quite intrigued. In fact, she appears to be trying to take a swipe at him.

But of course, the thick glass between the lion and the little boy protects him from any harm.

Jack and his family were visiting the zoo from Bend. His mother, Heather, can be heard giggling as her son appears unfazed.

Heather even encouraged her little zebra to say, "Hi kitty, kitty" to Kya the lion.

Zookeepers said it's not uncommon for the lions to interact with little kids peering through the glass at their exhibit.

"She's using a typical prey behavior," explained Oregon Zoo Director Kim Smith.

She added that the zoo has gotten a number of emails from people concerned about the lioness' behavior. She assured them it was natural behavior for a wild cat and the boy was never in any danger.

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