Controversy aside, this week there's been a number of zoo-related videos circulating that show something similar. For example, a lion tried to pounce onto a small boy inside the Chiba Zoological Park in Tokyo, according to WND. Thankfully there was protective glass that kept the animal from striking. Zookeepers told WND that the lion merely wanted to play with the boy.
And just Tuesday, a panther pounced on a man outside the wild animal refuge center in Mexico. The panther, though, merely licked the man's face, and no one was injured.
Earlier Tuesday morning, Zeya the leopard escaped the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. The leopard was captured and tranquilized and there were no injuries reported.
All of these events seem like the making of a Pixar movie - "Zootopia: Live Action!" - or the plot of "Planet of the Apes." Or maybe it's because of this guy. Regardless, it has opened up a national discussion about how to stay safe at a zoo, and what parents can do to make sure their child doesn't fall in harm's way.
But as I wrote for Deseret News National in 2014, there are several ways that parents can help their children stay safe, which I've outlined below along with some other tips from experts.
1. Visit at the right time
You're not going to visit the zoo alone, so make sure you show up when you can avoid as many people as possible so you don't put your family at risk. Experts suggest going during the middle of the day and leaving before rush hour.
2. Follow the rules
Make sure you follow the rules of the zoo. This seems basic, but it's important for parents to teach their children about the rules to help keep them safe.
3. Wash your hands
There are plenty of germs in a zoo. After all, you're dealing with hundreds if not thousands of animals. Keep sanitizer on you so you can always stay germ-free.
4. Prepare your child
Before you step in the zoo, talk to your child about what they're going to experience. Have your youngster read books about animals or zoo experiences so that they're aware of the potential problems that could arise.
5. Don't tease the animals
Now that your child is prepared for the visit, it's good to make sure that they don't provoke the animal through the glass enclosures.
As CNN reported, it's really important the parents and children "don't dangle for a better angle." This can be applied to photos or just checking out the animals. Keep yourself within the bounds of the zoo and avoid falling into traps.
"Other top recommendations include teaching your children that zoo animals are not cuddly versions of their stuffed toys at home but are truly wild animals that will react on instinct," CNN wrote. "That includes those at the petting zoo, who may not take kindly to a hit or swat instead of a pat."