Tiger World, the nonaccredited “wildlife refuge” where the lion lives, has an unnerving history of big cats breaking through their plexiglass enclosures. In 2010, a young tiger reportedly charged the plexiglass barrier in his enclosure and his head busted through as a woman with her son walked by.
The zoo denied that the mother and son were at any danger, stating that the tiger was leashed at the time.
“It’s likely they’ve upgraded their plexiglass since then, but you have no way of knowing the strength of the glass in the video,” Bass said. “There are many instances, too, where animals injure themselves from lunging toward a person on the other side of the glass. It’s very disturbing and sad that so many people see these videos as adorable.”