Skip to comments.Female Lion Remembers Old Friends
Posted on 08/20/2007 1:21:34 PM PDT by Maceman
These guys raise an injured lion from birth and then release her into the wild. After one year they attempt to reunite with the lion and its amazing how happy the lion is to see her old friends.
No sound, but awwww.
Feel good video of the week.
2. There is a second lion?
Born Free ping.
I wonder if just off camera, there is a guy with a 375 H&H rifle.
Something instinctively told me it wasn't Siegfried and Roy.
But yes, very awwwww.
Well, most predators are pretty intelligent animals.
Guess that only story about Androcles might have been true after all.
The lion seems to have learned how to act like a friendly
Great Dane or Lab.
That was really neat!
But what’s with the second lion, I wonder.
Amazing.....maybe since they are not caged...they remained friendly?
This posting reminded me of the following story I had read a while and back and always enjoyed:
In 1986, Mikele Mebembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mikele approached it very carefully.
He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant’s foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mikele worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments.
Mikele stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away.
Mikele never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Mikele was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his young son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over near where Mikele and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mikele, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down.
The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mikele couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mikele disregarded the “NO ENTRY” signs, he summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mikele’s legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn’t the same elephant....
Aesop told the tale milleniums ago. The story was of the lion with a thorn in it’s foot.
I wonder if it is all that it seems, I just can’t see that second lion coming up to humans all palsy walsy just because her mate did.
I concure.....this ain’t all it seems.
Here's the Aesop's fable of the lyon / & of the pastour or herdman.
“I wonder if it is all that it seems, I just cant see that second lion coming up to humans all palsy walsy just because her mate did.”
That second lion is smaller that the released lion. Given that male lions are larger than females, I assume the second lion to be a juvenile offspring of the released lion.
Lion juveniles follow what the adults do. Not to mention the probability that the lions may have had more contact with the “rehab” chaps than was mentioned.
Post #10 has it. These guys are just plain dumb!!!!! The intent was to release the lion into the wild so it could acclimate and become wild.
The fact that she is friendly today completely belies the fact that maybe 6 months or even less from today, maybe even tomorrow, she will quite likely rip their throats out.........
This story reminds me of the moron in Alaska who thought he had become friends with the bears. In actuality, he did to the point that they even invited him and his girlfriend to dinner........
These lion guys just received a pass.........If they're smart, they won't try it again.
No, preview of a Darwin Award nominee.........
"Wasssup my @#*(#* humans?! Yeah I just got done eating a Wildebeest. Ya'll wanna come to my lair and hang out?"
If you have ever read “Born Free”, Elsa would come back to the camp while her pride sat outside and waited for her. When whe was sick and dying, she came back to them.
Well, the female lion just wants to not only say “hi” but to also thanked the people who saved her life and gaved her an opportunity to have a new life in the wild. =^..^=
Head butting and face rubbing just like my housecats do when they being all lovey dovey. That video made my night! Thanks for the link. I’m now going to go smooch on my own miniature lion, the amazing Rocket J.
My girls ran ahead to the Rhesus monkey cage where an old dried up male was sitting on the floor. He barely looked up at us and continued to pick at the leaves on the concrete in sheer boredom. Mary came up from behind us and he glanced at her. Suddenly, he sprang up onto the cage bars. He chattered and jestered wildly at her with great excitement. She called him by his name and they stood there for a long time "talking" to each other. There was no doubt that he recognized her and was happy to see her. It was remarkable.
Ah, that’s an endearing story.
Kind of reminds me of a few scenes in “Second Hand Lions”. One of the best movies to hit the screens in recent years.
Ahhh, big kitty head rubs. I’m glad it’s them and not me—I’ll stick with the miniature variety.
I hope she’s not going to wait 20 years for the next visit. She should least send him a card once in a while.
I LOVE this!
Wonderful video! Truly amazing story. Just goes to show you that any animal just about is capable of very deep emotion and can feel love and will miss those he cares about and remember them no matter how much time has passed.
You gotta check this out.
That reunion was a roaring success.
Hope you are having fun and keeping the pubs from seeming dull.
Now that is funny!
I’ve seen that before with a wolf. Her owner lives about 8 hrs away, and I’ve had occasion to meet her 3 times. First time she was a little nervous around me, but the second and third times she definitely remembered me and greeted me like an old friend....very affectionate and trusting.
To give you an idea...the third time was in the middle of summer and she was shedding like a fiend. Not only did she happily let me brush her, but she also let me clip some impossible tangles behind her ears with no more than a whimper and a paw laid on my arm, when I accidentally tugged a bit trying to get one of the mats out.
Of course, said wolf was caught more than once with sleeping kittens curled up on her side, so it was well known she was a total softie.