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11 Beautiful Years Of Friendship Between Lion And Caretaker Who Saved Him

This is the heartwarming story of 11 years of friendship between a lion and his beloved caretaker

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

Frikkie Von Solms has spent his whole life taking care of wild cats in South Africa, and at least 11 of those years taking care of Zion.

During those years, the pair have formed a strong friendship, becoming the best of friends!

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

Zion is a gentle, tender loving African lion who was born in captivity but was separated when his father threatened his life.

He, therefore, needed someone to be there for him, as a parental figure, and this is where Von Solms stepped up.

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

Since he was born in captivity, he was unable to be released back into the wild, so Von Solms adopted him as a newborn cub.

In his new caretaker’s protection, he turned into a little softie, a gentle giant, as he was surrounded by love and safety.

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

In fact, Zion is so mild-mannered that he is bothered by the sound of shoes walking on the ground.

Therefore, out of respect and love for Zion, Von Solms always takes his shoes off before taking his big cat pal out for a walk.

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

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“It was a once in a lifetime experience to grow up with him and learn and live with him through all of the stages of being a male lion,” Von Solms told the Daily Mail.

“People talk about lions like they are just some African cats, but they have personalities, they have humor and laugh.”

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

“Zion is a gentle giant. He has never attacked humans, and I trust him completely.”

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

The pair are so close that they share a bed and a truck! Von Solms says he raised 19 big cvats overall, but Zion “is special because of the bond we share. I learned so much from him”

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

Von Solms wants to show that although lions can be dangerous, some of them are just big softy’s!

11 Years Of Friendship Between A Lion And The Human That Saved Him

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Written by Joe Kahlo