This guy is not your ordinary cat lover. Now female cats typically hide their young and will only show her kittens to her humans once she’s comfortable and trusting. It takes awhile but moms in the animal world are usually protective.
But the cats in this video are, well, different. The mother doesn’t bring her young to him. Instead, he goes and visits them. And he is always welcome!
Big, big cats.
The lioness rubs and cuddles with her human friend, and while he doesn’t mind, she isn’t exactly light. Her behavior is the same as your domesticated cats but where house cats weigh in around ten to twenty pounds, this huge mama would be around the 300 mark!
He narrates how he always greets the mom when he comes for a visit, and more often than not, she talks back. The lioness purrs and gives him soft growls as if telling him stories of her day.
Who wouldn’t want to hug a big cat like her?
Excellent choice of music too. That’s “The Shire (Concerning Hobbits)” from The Lord of the Rings.
He has been visiting her on a daily basis so he can establish a relationship with her and build that trust. It does work and eventually, he gets closer to the cubs. And they are the cutest little things!
He lifts one and props the little lion on his lap. The adorable cub gives a yawn before settling down on him. This is a one week old cub and the eyes are just starting to open. You want one, don’t you?
What a lucky dude.
And the mom doesn’t mind one bit. She’s not even watching him play with her cub.
“Oh my gosh, this is just wonderful. Loving the LOTR music, also. Seemed very fitting.”
Observed a viewer.
The risks are there but he’s obviously done his homework. He always greets mom first and he even carries her cubs to her just to show the lioness that he’s not hurting them nor does he have any bad intentions.
Look at those precious little big cats drinking their milk!
At five weeks, the cubs are bigger and definitely stronger. The cubs walk around the enclosure, playing with mom’s tail and even looking into the camera. At eight weeks, they can be introduced to the other lions.
Here comes dad!
A male lion walks by the fence and stops by the cubs. The male lowers its head and interacts with his kids. The man says it looks like the male knows the cubs are his.
He gets to lay down beside mom and her cubs and when he falls asleep, the lioness licks his head and hands, rubbing him with her huge paw. It is so touching to see and to be honest, must be really wonderful to experience.
Female lions normally hide their young for up to six weeks but this man gained unprecedented access to her private life. The lioness accepted him and even treats him as if he’s part of the pride. Imagine an angry mother attacking a man for getting too close to her young. Exactly.
And as if to show that they really are friends, he sleeps right next to mom and her cubs. What’s a tired mama to do? Sleep as well.
Watch this beautiful relationship in the video below!
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