Gentle lioness can’t stop hugging the man who rescued her 10-years-ago

Ten year’s after, this very lucky man still enjoy’s morning cuddles with his massive furry friend: a gentle lioness he rescued when she was just a few-days-old. Ever since – the spend their time together and their inspiring and unique bond shows the world that love is the language we all speak, humans and animals alike!


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/Valentin Gruener


Recently, the conservationist Valentin Gruener, shared a video: to show everyone his lioness friend’s reaction when she sees him in the morning. The heartwarming footage went viral online, and it’s easy to see why!

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“Sirga think’s of me as a best friend. She loves to give me a big hug,” Gruener said. “’She does rub her head on mine a lot, just like a domestic cat. Sirga has never been aggressive toward’s me but I have a huge respect for what she’ is. I am sure she is aware that I-am-very different.”


/Valentin Gruener

Gruener and Sirga have initially met in: 2012, and there were not the best circumstances. The now so strong lioness, was only a few days old when Gruener found her. Born in a rehabilitation center, her mom rejected her shortly after birth, and she was the only one to survive from the litter. Gruener brought her at the Modisa Wildlife Project / a wildlife conservation center he co-founded in: Botswana. ‘It was there where their great friendship started.


/Valentin Gruener

“Sirga is amazingly gentle for a very large cat. When I go to see her, she always hugs me like in: that video,” Gruener said. (She has a very friendly and gentle personality for a lion.”

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