War Hero Who Has Never Been To The ZOO Meets Lions For The First Time

WildCreaturesPublished: February 1, 2016176,493 plays$224.96 earned
Published: February 1, 2016

Jim Albert is 92-year-old veteran from Canada who was wounded in battle three times serving with the British Army in World War II. He started the Saint John Ambulance Therapy Dog Movement fifty years ago to help people cope through their lives with the help of of loving animals. You could say he is a true animal lover himself.

With that being said, is a true surprise to learn that Jim has never been to a ZOO in his entire life. That is why the staff at Bowmanville ZOO in Ontario managed to get him a hands-on experience with a couple of lion cubs. The resulting encounter is truly an emotional sight.

When the young predator approaches the decorated war hero, with his handler in tow, it looks like the big cat isn’t all too interested with the senior gentleman. But after a few minutes of a casual sit-down, the lion lifts on his back legs and throws himself in Jim’s hands for a hug. We can feel the tears streaming down our faces already, but that isn’t the whole encounter!

When the ZOO staff brings Jim a couple of cubs, just a few weeks old, the veteran’s face says it all. This is the best day of the nonagenarian’s life.

His reaction is one of pure joy and he can't contain his tears of happiness. This man is a real inspiration! And it was about time he got some animal therapy of his own.

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