Lion Hugs: Expressions of Love from The King of the Jungle
When we think about nature, we often put animals into two categories: the cute & cuddly, and the fierce & dangerous. The fierce & dangerous can be a beautiful creature, but one you can hug? Rarely.
Rarely, do we consider that those fierce and dangerous have feelings. They have emotions, and the ability to love. Though they usually keep that love for their own kind, sometimes, when an animal grows close to humans - so close it accepts them as family - they hug. They hug and they kiss, and you can instantly see the love and friendship shared between the two.
Here you will find several such situations. Lions hugging - showing true love and caring for a human.
By the way, I don't know the story behind the zebra hug photo shown here. It seems to be roaming internet forums with words over it. I actually suspect it is not a hug at all, but a lucky freeze frame of an attack - but, hey, it caught your attention.
Kevin Richardson Hugging His Lions - Lions in South Africa
Christian The Lion
In 1969, John Rendall and Ace Berg purchased a small lion in a cramped cage in London and named him Christian. They exercised him on the grounds of a local church, and as he became larger, they prepared to re-introduce him into the wild in Africa. They did bring him to Africa, and one year later, the two men went back for a visit. This was their reunion:
A Lion Called Christian: - The True Story of the Remarkable Bond between Two Friends and a Lion
This book was originally published in 1971, so it tells the story as if it were recent and without the decades of age and hindsight added.
It is a lovely and heartwarming story of Christian the Lion and features over 50 photos. Through the book, Christian grows from being a cub to a magnificent lion, and he travels
More About Christian the Lion
Learn more about this extraordinary lion:
- Christian the Lion : A Lion Called Christian : Animal Planet
Christian the Lion's television debut, A Lion Called Christian, tells the dramatic story of and his journey across the globe, rehabilitation in Africa and eventual return to the wild. Watch the dramatic reunion, as seen on YouTube, plus a rarely-seen
- Hugging lion's owners recall final farewell - TODAY Pets
Internet video of the lion's heartwarming reunion with the two men who raised him made tears well around the world - but it was not their last meeting. Ace Bourke and John Rendall revealed details of their final farewell to the "hugging lion."
- Christian - the lion who lived in my London living room
He traveled by Bentley, ate in fine London restaurants and spent his days lounging in a furniture shop. The story of Christian the pet lion - and his eventual release into the wild - is as moving as it is incredible.
Interviews with John Rendall and Ace Berg
The Australian interview is pretty good. The interview on The Today Show with Meredith Viera is not so great. Meridith asks how they feel about the video becoming an internet phenomenon. They say it is humbling, and then she asks, "What do you mean when you say it is humbling?". Uh, duh. Meridith, here is the definition of humble.
King of the Jungle Hugs & Kisses His Rescuer! - Cali, Colombia
Ana Julia Torres gets a hug from Jupiter, a lion she rescued from a life of malnourishment and abuse in a traveling circus.
Secondhand Lions - Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Kyra Sedgwick
Haley Joel Osment's character, in Secondhand Lions, befriends a lion that his offbeat uncles purchased in order to hunt.
This story has that classic blend of kitschy sentimentalism mixed with implausible action that makes for a sappy yet satisfying film. It's one of those movies you can't believe you enjoyed. Haley Joel Osment plays Walter, a 14 year old boy, in his most awkward years who is trying to grow up while still starving for love from family. His mother (Kyra Sedgwick) drops him with two totally eccentric and outrageous uncles who are living an old life of adventure in their heads, and a life of old age in reality.
This is the kind of movie you can watch with your family and everyone will enjoy different parts. It's a great film that I would highly recommend.
Another Hug from Christian
Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived
When Ralph Helfer, now one of Hollywood's top animal behaviorists, first began working, he was shocked by the cruelty that was accepted practice in the field. He firmly believed in "affection training" -- that love, not fear, should be the basis of any animal's development, even when dealing with the most dangerous of creatures. Then Zamba came into his life -- an adorable four-month-old lion cub that went on to prove Helfer's theories resoundingly correct.
- British safari park ranger gives a relaxing foot massage... to a LION
Most people shy away from giving their partner a foot massage let alone dishing one out to a 40 stone killing machine. But British park ranger Alex Larenty is made of sterner stuff and has no qualms about gently rubbing the paws of a lion under his c