This Labor Day was a bit on the chilly side, but it was perfect for a visit to Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

After riding camels and petting goats, we found ourselves in the presence of the king of beasts.  Not only did this huge Lion catch my eye, but I caught his as well.

As we watched this majestic creature high atop a giant rock, I thought he was staring at something behind me.  It didn't take long for me to realize that he was, in fact, staring at me.  I had to ask my wife to make sure I wasn't imagining things.  She was amazed that not only was it staring at me, but it seemed to be copying me too.

If I moved my head to the left or right, it would mirror me.  When I bent down to talk to my youngest in his stroller, the lion lay down on his rock.  Looking into the eyes of this beast, I got the impression that he wanted to play.  Perhaps, that was what he wanted me to think?

Have you come face to face with an animal that didn't simply acknowledge that you're there and look away, but really stare you down?  This lion didn't make me feel threatened in any way, in fact it was almost playful and inviting.  That's what was so scary!