When two Atlanta friends brought their godson Aryeh to the zoo, they knew they had to show him the lion enclosure since lions are the 11-month-old’s favorite animal.
And when Cammi Fanning, Aryeh, and Aryeh’s godfather arrived at Zoo Atlanta, they headed straight to the lion enclosure but were disappointed when the lions weren’t out. “It was a pretty cold day so when we first arrived, the lions weren’t out yet,” Fanning wrote online.
Fanning also explained how Aryeh means lion in Hebrew and how his mom even packed his favorite lion costume, so before leaving, the group stopped by the lion enclosure one last time. “We saw the rest of the animals and stopped by the lion exhibit on our way out, saw that the lions were out and put Aryeh in his costume, thinking we’d snap a picture of him with the lions in the background,” Fannin said.
“The lions were immediately interested in our little lion cub, and it wasn’t long before they couldn’t stand their curiosity any longer and came right up to the glass! Aryeh was completely unfazed and interacted with the lions for a few minutes,” Fanning said of the incredible moment the real lions bonded with Aryeh. “We took some pictures and videos before moving along as the lions started getting a little worked up and we didn’t want to make them too anxious.”
Watch the entire video below to see the incredible moment this baby in a lion costume bonds with a real lion.
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[Featured image: Youtube/Cami Fanning]