By Luke Kenton
This is the terrifying moment a polar bear headbutts the glass in a zoo as he attempts to make a lunge for a little girl’s penguin toy.
Excited to see her favourite animal, Emma Garrett, aged four, runs and jumps around in excitement in front of the polar bear enclosure at Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri, USA.
After making a friend in the resident polar bear, Kali, Emma shows off her newest cuddly companion to him, a multi-coloured penguin she picked up from the zoo gift shop.
As she holds the penguin out with pride, the polar bear slides its paws and face down the glass to get a better look at Emma and her new prized possession.
But suddenly, mistaking the toy for prey, the polar bear leaps and thrashes itself down towards Emma and the penguin, headbutting the glass with an almighty thud.
Thankfully, dad Andy was on hand to quickly shepherd Emma away.
He said: “Everyone was so shocked, we couldn’t get away quickly enough.
“It was clear the polar bear was very agitated and didn’t like the penguin very much, so tried to attack Emma and the toy.
“We didn’t want him to hurt himself anymore so we left very quickly.
“Everyone just gasped and there was a lot of screaming.
“Emma was slightly shaken up but quickly got over it when we took her to see the penguins.”