Bond­ing With Lions

The People's Friend - - Nature -

I asked Steve how his spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with the pride de­vel­oped.

“The adults warmed to me af­ter I’d been their pri­mary keeper for a month,” he said. “If they saw me they’d come over – not be­cause they thought I might have food, but be­cause they’re cu­ri­ous.

“I’ve earned their trust. If they don’t trust you, they won’t do any­thing for you. I call them over and they sit in front of me; the cubs roll around play­ing.

“I’ve got a re­la­tion­ship with the adult male, but he is a bit grumpy. The oth­ers will let me stroke un­der their chin through the bars, and the cubs are very play­ful. I don’t shove my hand in there, ob­vi­ously, but they’ll fol­low me around and come and sit with me, on the other side of the fence. They know me bet­ter than any­one else; they’re my favourites.”

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