Can you imagine a lion so domesticated that he has even shared the same bed with his owner? Now you have an opportunity to see one!
Frikkie Von Solms has reared 11-year-old Zion since birth as the cub could not live in the wilderness. The lion grown as a pet is so friendly he lives with 18 other lions, cheetahs and leopards.
Speaking about some Zion’s features, Mr Von Solms, who regularly ride in his truck with the lion, says that the king of the jungle dislikes noise that is why Mr Von Solms always walks barefoot next to the lion.
Later he said, “Since Zion, I have raised nineteen lions, and leopards and cheetahs. But he is special because of the bond we share. I learnt so much from him. 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 lion.
People talk about lions like they are just lions but they have personalities, they have humour and laugh. Zion is a gentle giant. He has never attacked humans and I trust him completely.”
This is not the first time animals develop strong bonds with a man. Earlier we posted an article about a 57-year-old woman who is obsessed with tigers and keeps them as pets in the back garden of her home in Orlando, Florida, USA.