As much as we hate to see animals pulled from the wild and put into small enclosures, sometimes those measures are necessary to protect a rescued animal who would not be able to survive on its own in the wild.

And having animals in zoos gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with amazing creatures that they might never see otherwise. Many people have discovered their love for wildlife and certain types of animals after a special encounter with them at a zoo.

We’re sure this little guy will always have a special fondness for lions after this amazing encounter!

Aryeh was at the zoo with his family and dressed up for the special occasion…in a lion suit. The outfit was quite appropriate, as Aryeh’s name means “lion” in Hebrew.

As the adorable toddler sat in front of the lion enclosure, one of the male lions noticed him and came over to have a look.

The lion must have seen something familiar in Aryeh’s outfit. He pressed his head against the glass where Aryeh was and then followed the little tyke as he walked along the window, watching him closely.

Perhaps he thought Aryeh was a lost lion cub in need of some protection. One thing’s for sure, though – this incredible encounter is one Aryeh and his family won’t soon forget!

 

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