I blame kid's TV. I've said it before - if a tyrannosaurus rex was terrorising the neighbourhood all the local kids would singing the "I Love You" song to it. It's irresponsible of the programme makers.
Well, they wouldn't be singing it for long.
It's hard to get across to a child that this big, beautiful animal they see at the zoo, on TV and in books is dangerous. We were at the zoo one day watching the tigers just through a big piece of plexiglass because they'd come inside. Thing 2 asked, "What do you think they're thinking when they look at me?" And daddy answered, "Lunch."