Zion is unlike any lion Frikkie Von Solms has ever met. The lion caretaker in South Africa says he shares a unique bond with the big cat he’s raised since birth. The friends walk together and the lion loves getting hugs and kisses from his surrogate dad.
The 69-year-old has taken care of the friendly lion after he was removed from his parent’s care over fears his father would kill him. The cub needed constant feeding every four hours and the pair even shared the same bed.
Eleven years later and the bond between Frikkie and Zion is stronger than ever.