This massive cat wasn’t “lion” round.
Moto, a lioness on the Oklahoma Metropolis Zoo and Botanical Gardens was caught on digital camera following round a toddler’s toy on Saturday.
Mila Chandler was carrying round a toy model of “The Lion King” character Simba throughout a visit to the zoo on her fifth birthday.
Fb person Mary Jo Keltch Robertson posted a clip of the lioness’ response to the stuffed animal on her web page Saturday.
“The spotlight of Mila’s day,” she captioned the video, which has racked up greater than 111,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon.
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Chandler’s mom, Leslie, has insisted the clip exhibiting her daughter wasn’t ill-spirited, regardless of some critics claiming the younger woman was teasing the animal.
“I really feel like if they’d been there, they might’ve understood it was not imply,” she instructed KOTV. “She was not attempting to tease the animal or taunt it in any manner. She wasn’t being imply.”
Chandler continued, “She simply had her toy along with her. She simply wanted her little stuffed animal to get via the morning. And this simply occurred.”
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The zoo has additionally addressed the now-viral animal encounter.
Director of Animal Collections Kevin Drees instructed the outlet he is uncertain the lion observed the toy’s related look.
“There’s no motion concerned. There’s no scent concerned. I feel we have now usually instances made papier-mâché objects and we disguise treats within them and so if something, it is perhaps, right here’s a novel factor, I’m wondering what’s inside,” he mentioned.
Drees would not imagine the woman was in any manner teasing the creature.
The lioness “may go away at any time, so it actually doesn’t fall within the taunting class for me,” he mentioned.