ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lion Hugs: Expressions of Love from The King of the Jungle

Updated on May 14, 2015
kerbev profile image

I love everything weird and colorful in this world and I try to live a life that will make the world a little better once I'm gone.

Hugging Lions

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

Kevin Richardson, an animal behaviorist, owns a private reserve near Johannesburg South Africa, where over 30 lions reside.

Watch Kevin swim with a lioness.

Meet the lions

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:

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.

Secondhand Lions

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

Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived
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.

Befriending Lions

One More Lion Hug


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)