I met a fellow a few years ago that had a lion. He was trying to sell it for $300. It had been declawed and was missing most of it's teeth. He said it was costing him $80 a week to feed it.
Mind you this was many years ago and I'm not sure they are even legal to keep anymore. If you plan on trying it then it isn't going to be cheap.
There was a TV show many years ago that involved Kimba the White Lion but that is all I have on the topic
During my zoo career I have had several lions in my house at different times. Not as pets but because they needed a bit of TLC. All returned to the zoo later. I have had them till they were quite large. I would not and not advise them as a pet. They need to be with their own kind. That said they are very good in the house. No worse than a domestic cat, just a good deal bigger.
The animal planet TV show showed one person who didn't have a lion as a pet, but had a leopard for a pet.
In most states(US), those types of animals are illegal to have as pets, not to mention, extremely dangerous. The animals have to be either in a rescue santuary or a Zoo.
You know would be a good story for you to read would be about the lion named Christian. I saw something on the TV about it and want to get the book. It was a great TV show and I bet a GREAT book.
I have never seen anyone or have ever had a lion as a pet though. But look it up. Christian the Lion...oh and check it out on YouTube...very moving piece about Christian and the two humans who raised him. Very sweet!
There was one family back in USSR who did this. They got quite a publicity, and all was good for a while, until the lion ate a couple of family members... don't really remember the details, I think it happened in late 70s - early 80s...
Can't help with this one. Just don't care to keep a pet around that could whup me in unarmed combat, no holds barred. What if he was sleeping and I stepped on his tail? Mee-Yowr!!
Well mountain lions are different than lions, but they have many of the same tendencies. I remember back in the eighties some dodo thought it would be cool to raise a mountain lion as the family pet, and it ended up biting his child when he straddled it. The mountain lion had never done that before, but that one time was nearly lethal. After that the mountain lion was sent to live at a local zoo, where we heard this troubling story lol.
Also, I forgot to mention that we had a neighbor that rented out her house to these people that had a pet mountain lion. One day I looked out the window and a man was whipping it like one would see in the circus. I called her to let her know what the new tenants were up to since she lived far away, and I know she evicted them soon after that.
Might this segue into a discussion of dangerous breeds of dog?
I have nothing to say about pit bulls. I have petted ones that were fine. I did get scared when this golden retriever used to chase me around the neighborhood as a child, but I should not have ran.
I don't know anyone who keeps lions as pets, but I have a domestic shorthair who sometimes seems pretty convinced he's the king of the Serengeti.
i can see no reason for keeping a noble creature like the lion as a pet.
thank u all. I heard some buddhists trained tiger as a pet.And it obeys them. This one I saw in a tv show.
Wow I would love to find that program and watch it.
I saw something like this on tv too. There is a monastery somewhere that keeps tigers, and tourists can go there to visit and see the tigers if they make a donation.
Mmm...Hermann Göring had a pet lion. I saw it on the TV the other day.
I don't know anyone who has ever kept lions, but I do know someone who raised Bengal tigers. She said that she knew she could never have kids as long as she had the tigers, and she'd finally given up on finding a boyfriend/husband too because she couldn't find anyone who was willing and able to treat the tigers the way they expect to be treated.
That said...if a lion is comparable in temperament to a house cat, I sure wouldn't want one! Every single cat I've had has, at least once, gotten annoyed or frightened and turned around and ripped into me or someone else in the family. House cats leave a few scratches, maybe even a bite mark or two...they heal, you get on with your life having learned an important lesson about what that cat doesn't like. With lions, it doesn't seem like there's much room to learn through trial and error...
We had a local zoo that had a tiger that had been rescued, from what I don't know. I used to take my morning walk at the zoo and I would stop and "speak" to the tiger. I also watched him with the zoo keeper and you could tell they had a good relationship. It was an awesome creature.
But, I noticed that the tiger looked at small children in a much different way than it did adult humans, you could tell that in that tiger's mind he was seeing food.
Kephira - the monastry refer to is the Tiger Temple in Thailand. I have written a hub about it which I suggested you read it if you are thinking of visiting. On the face of it it may seem good but it is actually a very bad place.
My former neighbour smuggled two lion cubs and raised them as pets.. he only let them out during the night as guard dogs but one day it killed a burglar so he was arrested and jailed for 12 years.
My high school was next to a zoo and my geography class was adjacent to the lion cage. One day the lioness gave birth to a cub which unfortunately died. Lion mum was so upset she tore the gate and escaped while we were playing hockey in the field.. boy was that the most chaotic day of my life, people running for their lives from a hungry pissed off lioness!
If you go to the town of Cobden, Illinois, there is a statue of a stone lion in the cemetary marking a grave. My grandmother used to tell me it is the grave of a doctors son who had a pet lion. When the boy died (pneumonia I think) the lion died shortly afterwards and was buried with him there.
Also, when I lived near Eldon Missouri, I had a huge collection of pets because I worked in a pet shop and everyone brought me the animals they couldn't take care of anymore or didn't want. I was approached at one point by a man who had two bears and a lion he wanted to give me but I couldn't afford the food bill and my home wouldnt have been large enough for them.
There used to be a family around here who kept Mountain Lions as pets. They escaped, however, and it is quite a common occurrence to see a Mountain Lion crossing the road up by the cliffs. There was one who came into town one year, but nothing happened. He just walked down Main Street and back, and went right back up to the cliffs. He was a curious and friendly fellow, some people I know even patted his head!
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