A curious video has emerged from Botswana, Africa of a cheerful lioness jumping for joy when she spots her human friend. Watch as the massive animal runs in man’s hands for a warm hug and cuddles him like lovers do. Cuteness overload!
Every child craves love and affection and it is no different with animal babies. Sirga the lioness is one such child, only her parent isn’t a lion. Conservationist Valentin Gruener, 27, is the co‑founder of the Modisa Wildlife Project in the Kalahari, Botswana, who aim to save the lion population in Africa.
Sirga was born into a litter of three cubs. Two of her siblings died, so she was left behind by her pride. They found her near death on a farm in 2012 and immediately put her on a treatment to bring the tiny cub back to life.
Valentin, who is from Germany, and his partner Mikkel, from Denmark, have their hands full with the three-year-old lioness. She is now in her lion teenage years and they are preparing her to live in the wild.
Valentin and Mikkel are striving to bring up Airga like a wild lion, teaching her to stalk and hunt. She is perfectly able to hunt down her own food, but she lets her caretakers be close to her while she feeds, which is truly remarkable. Still, the duo is convinced she is the most spoiled and well fed lion in Botswana. Sirga is so close to Valentin, she keeps her claws sheathed during play sessions and lies with her head contentedly on Valentin’s lap while he strokes her ears. Who knew that these beasts can be tamed?