Brittany Smith-Osborne was at the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana with a group of friends when she found this out for herself.
Among her group of friends was a woman named Natasha who was 27-weeks along in her pregnancy.
They were curious as to why the tiger seemed to be paying so much attention to Natasha. The girls were cooing and “aww-ing” at the sight as Natasha was taking selfies with the tiger who was behind some glass.
“I don’t know whether to laugh or be scared,” said one of the girls who was off camera. “That is so crazy.”
“I want to pet him,” said another.
That’s when one of the girls appeared to catch on to why the tiger was so curious about Natasha.
“Do you think it knows your pregnant?” said one of the girls. “Do you think it’s after you because you’re with a baby?”
Natasha decided to find out if this hypothesis was true, so she stood up on a ledge and pressed her baby bump against the glass toward the tiger.
And there was no ifs, ands, or bellies about it. That tiger was interested in her baby.
The giant cat started sniffing around her baby then began nuzzling up against the glass where her baby bump was before walking off.
“Awwwwwwww,” Natasha said.
The girls were able to prove what a truly remarkable creature the tiger was and how keen his or her senses are.
“We all realized that the tiger was very interested in her baby bump,” Smith-Osborne, who captured the entire encounter on video, told FOX 26.
The video ended up going viral and the zoo also shared it on Facebook saying, “This is why the zoo is here – to help make connections to nature.”
“I am so excited that I was able to capture that sweet moment,” Smith-Osborne said.
Apparently, the Internet was too as the video was shared more than 5 million times on Break Clips’ YouTube channel.
Some people on YouTube argued that Natasha would have ended up as a nice meal for the tiger if the glass wasn’t there. Others, however, were completely convinced that the tiger was only interested in her baby bump and so are we.
Check out the video and decide for yourself!