Lion Sees An Old Friend, Jumps Into His Arms To Say Hi

CatersTVPublished: March 8, 20171,396,316 viewsVirality: 5%
Published: March 8, 2017

Every child craves love and affection and it is no different with animal babies. Sirga the lioness is one such child, only her parent isn’t a lion. Conservationist Valentin Gruener, 27, is the co‑founder of the Modisa Wildlife Project in the Kalahari, Botswana, who aim to save the lion population in Africa.

Sirga was born into a litter of three cubs. Two of her siblings died, so she was left behind by her pride. They found her near death on a farm in 2012 and immediately put her on a treatment to bring the tiny cub back to life.

Valentin, who is from Germany, and his partner Mikkel, from Denmark, have their hands full with the three year old lioness. She is now in her lion teenage years and they are preparing her to live in the wild.

Valentin and Mikkel are striving to bring up Airga like a wild lion, teaching her to stalk and hunt. She is perfectly able to hunt down her own food, but she lets her caretakers be close to her while she feeds, which is truly remarkable. Still, the duo are convinced she is the most spoiled and well fed lion in Botswana.

Sirga is so close to Valentin, she keeps her claws sheathed during play sessions and lies with her head contentedly on Valentin's lap while he strokes her ears.

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    valerie22 · 37 weeks ago

    She's a little ROUGH.... She's gonna hurt somebody.... Any way to teach her to be more gentle with people?...

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    chuckufarley2a · 31 weeks ago

    The problem with this kind of thing is, sooner or later, somebody is going to think they can do something similar with a wild lion, and they are going to find out that it isn't true.

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    Jimbo · 30 weeks ago

    Why can't people be happy just looking at these wild animals. Dumb humans must always show off and demonstrate to other people that they aren't afraid. What a crock. There never was, nor will there ever be any relationship between a human and a wild animal, other than the traditional hunter vs prey. Sooner or later, one or both of these guys names will be in an article where the lioness turned on them and chewed them for lunch. Same goes for snakes, whales, bears, etc.

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    Anje · 25 weeks ago

    She's just a teenage kitten. She needs another feline to play rough with. Those men could easily be hurt by her by accident, and then she would pay the price. This is very irresponsible. She isn't showing affection, she's playing with them like they are littermates. My orphan kittens play rough too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wacRS7UpJuc