The Gentle Lioness Can’t Seem To Quit Cuddling The Guy Who Saved Her Ten Years Ago

This extremely fortunate man still gets morning hugs with his enormous furry buddy, a gentle lioness he rescued when she was just a few days old, ten years later.

Since then, they have spent their time together, and their remarkable and unique friendship has demonstrated to the world that love is the universal language that all humans and animals share.


Credit: Valentin Gruener
Recently, the conservationist Valentin Gruener, shared a video to show everyone his lioness friend’s reaction when she sees him in the morning. The heartwarming footage went viral online, and it’s easy to see why!

“Sirga regards me as a close friend. “She adores giving me a huge embrace,” Gruener explained. “Like a domestic cat, she rubs her head on mine a lot.” Sirga has never been pushy toward me, but I admire what she has accomplished. I’m sure she realizes how different I am.”


Credit: Valentin Gruener
Gruener and Sirga have initially met in 2012, and there were not the best circumstances. The now so strong lioness, was only a few days old when Gruener found her.

Born in a rehabilitation center, her mom rejected her shortly after birth, and she was the only one to survive from the litter. Gruener brought her at the Modisa Wildlife Project – a wildlife conservation center he co-founded in Botswana. It was there where their great friendship started.


Credit: Valentin Gruener
“For such a huge cat, Sirga is incredibly kind. When I see her, she always hugs me as she does in the video,” Gruener added. “For a lion, she has a really kind and sensitive nature.”