This Emotional Reunion Between Lion Siblings And Their Human “Mom” Will Make Your Heart Burst
Could you imagine getting a bear hug from a lion? What about kisses? Snuggles? That’s exactly what Michaela Zimanova gets every time she visits the lions she raised. Now, footage of their reunion is making waves across the Internet!
A Life-Altering Rescue Mission
It’s not often that you hear tales of lions being raised by humans, but in the case of these siblings, it was their only option. When Malkia and Adelle were only cubs, their mother abandoned them. The young lions were unable to take care of themselves, and due to their past, could have easily fallen into the wrong hands.
Their parents were forced to perform for audiences in circuses across Europe, which has been shown to psychologically scar animals. Had the twins followed the same lifestyle as their mother and father, they likely would have led miserable, captive lives. However, one rescue organization decided to change the siblings’ narrative.
Michaela Became Their New Mom
When Big Cat Rescue Centre in Slovakia heard about the siblings’ rough beginning, they knew they had to step in to raise the cubs in a safe, happy environment. They moved the sweet lions to Malkia Park to raise them. While it may be hard to believe that humans and lions could form such an intimate connection, the friendly lions became attached to their caregivers immediately.
One caretaker, in particular, formed an intense bond with the cubs. Michaela Zimanova cared for the lions for years like they were her kids. Today, she refers to them as her “godchildren.” Even as grown-up lions, the massive cats have immense love for the human who gave them her love when they had been abandoned. And recently, Big Cat Rescue released incredible footage of how Michaela greets her darling kitties.
Their Extremely Emotional Reunion
In the video, Michaela approaches the enclosure of Malkia and Adelle and her lion babies, now four years old, immediately greet her. While those who currently take care of the siblings are conscious of not cuddling the lions for too long, Malika and Adelle completely wrapped their paws around Michaela to show their affection for her. And she did not hesitate to love on the sweet creatures back.
The video of their precious greeting, complete with kisses and purring, is touching hearts across the internet. While the footage may seem like a reunion years in the making, Big Cat Rescue claims that Michaela comes to the park to visit the cats close to three times a month. Though from the love shown by the lions to Michaela, any time apart probably feels like too long!
More in Cute
This Artist Re-Imagined What Classic Disney Characters Might Look Like In Real Life
Fernanda Suarez, a Chilean digital artist, has developed stunning pieces with Photoshop. She’s created several products like calendars and board games....October 14, 2018
Forget The Dad Jokes, Here Are 5 Of The Funniest Fathering Pics Ever
Most dads are known for injecting their zany sense of humor to lighten the mood, teach a life lesson, or play...October 14, 2018
When This Woman And Cute Little Boy Become Friends At Football Game, The Internet Went Crazy
You never know who you’ll meet at a Friday night high school football game. That’s true for Star Balloon-Bradley, who shared...October 13, 2018
This Unlikely Animal Pair Travels The World Together And Their Photos Are Incredible
Cats and dogs are often portrayed as strong enemies ready to fight, but not this adorable pair! This kitten and dog...October 11, 2018
Homeowners Find An Old Tenant Living At Their House, And They Quickly Make Friends
For most people, moving into a new house and finding an old tenant refusing to move out might be a jarring...October 7, 2018
These Gems Of Hilarious Animal Adoption Ads Deserve A Prize
There’s no Sarah Mclachlan songs to go with these ads, but there’s still a ton of… creativity? From “cat snakes” to...October 2, 2018
Cheeky Lioness Makes The Funniest Move To Get Clueless Lion’s Attention
Although lions are nothing but mammals, not all big cats are game to get frisky a la the Discovery Channel. To...October 1, 2018
This Reunion Between A Baby Koala And Her Mom Will Warm Your Heart
A baby koala was separated from her mom for a few days. Cold and alone, the cub was discovered by a...September 30, 2018
Why This Mom Is Proud Of Her 15-Year-Old For Getting A Tattoo
Getting something permanently inked onto your body is a significant, mature decision. This is why most tattoo artists won’t ink anyone under...September 27, 2018