Watch: Little Girl Blows Lion a Kiss at the Zoo, Gets Startled by His Reaction

March 14, 2016 Updated: March 14, 2016

A viral video appears to show a heartwarming connection between a little girl and a lion.

But after the youngster kisses the glass, the fearsome beast leaps up and snarls at her.

The girl was startled by the quick reaction, with a shocked expression on her face.

The lion claws viciously at the glass separating him from her, but the girl does not move away.

She learned an important lesson about animals—no matter how nice they seem, they can attack at any moment.

Viewers marveled at the girl’s apparent bravery.

“That little girl is braver than me,” one wrote after seeing the clip.

“I’d have run away screaming.”