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Toddler Survives Stare-Down With Bengal Tiger; Watch The Video Report

TODAYSHOW.COM - A 2-year-old girl survived a stare-down with a 500-pound Bengal tiger after the tiger escaped its enclosure — with the help of a gibbon, of course — at a Florida exotic animal park.

Officials at Jungle Island in Miami called the incident a "freak accident." First, a White-Handed Gibbon escaped its enclosure and wandered to the tiger exhibit, where he riled up the massive Bengal tiger.

"With the momentum and the excitement he had from seeing the gibbon, (the tiger) was able to get over the fence," Jungle Island's Ashley Serrate said.

That's where the tiger met 2-year-old Dianita Barratt, who was spending the day at Jungle Island with her mom, Diana.

"She started walking down the trail ahead of me, and I decided just to leave the stroller and my purse behind and go after her," Diana said. "I rounded the corner and she's standing there staring at this tiger. It's very scary to have your 2-year-old daughter in such close proximity to a tiger."

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