Excited lion jumps into arms of man who raised her (video)

A wonderful video of German conservationist Valentin Gruener greeting Sirga the lioness, who he raised from birth.

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Gruener founded the Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana, a few years back. They basically capture lions that are threatening local farms, and save them from the farmers who would otherwise kill them.

Here’s the video of Gruener greeting Sirga (or vice-versa), followed by some wonderful photos from his Facebook page.

Gruener has a great Facebook page up with lots of photos of various animals. Here are a few:

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The lion was playing with him in this shot.

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I’ll take one of each.


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  • HeartlandLiberal

    Similar story is Christian the Lion’s reunion two young Australians Anthony Bourke and John Rendall who had bought him and raised him, then released him to the wild. Most of the links I found on YouTube just now were very poor low res, and many umpteenth generation copies with hokey music added, but the video of the moment the lion in the wild recognizes them after many years and rushes to embrace them both is pretty cool. Just Google or ask YouTube about Christian the Lion. In fact, here is his story’s home page on the web:

    http://www.alioncalledchristian.com.au/

  • Indigo

    Sweet. She’s a little big for a lap kitten but she’s sweet. So’s he, by the way.

  • Silver_Witch

    Some days the news is wonderful – this is one of those days! She clearly loves him….and he clearly loves her – if only people could do the same to each other.

  • I’d jump on him too. Cutie. Although I’d probably jump on Dave Salmoni first.

  • Oh yes, I’ve posted about him before — he’s amazing!

  • I know, I kept waiting for the lioness to stop hugging him and then eat the cameraman.

  • HelenRainier

    John, here’s another one you may want to check out. His name is Kevin Richardson, and he’s called
    “The Lion Whisperer.”

    http://news.sky.com/story/678551/big-cat-keeper-lion-king-of-south-africa

    This was great video.

  • Jimmy

    That is sweet and terrifying all at the same time.

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