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Female Lion Remembers Old Friends
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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.


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1 posted on 08/20/2007 1:21:35 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman
1. For a second, I thought the lion was going to kill her.

2. There is a second lion?

2 posted on 08/20/2007 1:24:00 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Maceman

Born Free ping.


3 posted on 08/20/2007 1:29:07 PM PDT by mgstarr
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To: Maceman
For a second there, I could've sworn that was Robert Plant and Jimmy Page with a lion.....

dude....like wow.

4 posted on 08/20/2007 1:36:01 PM PDT by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: Maceman

I wonder if just off camera, there is a guy with a 375 H&H rifle.


5 posted on 08/20/2007 1:38:23 PM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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To: lovecraft
"For a second there, I could've sworn that was Robert Plant and Jimmy Page with a lion...."

Something instinctively told me it wasn't Siegfried and Roy.

6 posted on 08/20/2007 1:41:54 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Maceman
Reminds me of the old adage ... when dancing with elephants, you don't stop dancing until the elephant decides to stop dancing.

But yes, very awwwww.

7 posted on 08/20/2007 1:43:26 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol

Well, most predators are pretty intelligent animals.
Guess that only story about Androcles might have been true after all.


8 posted on 08/20/2007 1:49:52 PM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: Maceman

The lion seems to have learned how to act like a friendly
Great Dane or Lab.


9 posted on 08/20/2007 1:56:57 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Dysart

Watch later


10 posted on 08/20/2007 1:59:58 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Maceman

That was really neat!
But what’s with the second lion, I wonder.


11 posted on 08/20/2007 2:00:42 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Duncan Hunter in 2008!)
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To: Maceman

Amazing.....maybe since they are not caged...they remained friendly?


12 posted on 08/20/2007 3:00:44 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Being Challenged Builds Character! Being Coddled Destroys Character!)
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To: Maceman
Yep, that was quite a reunion. I wonder if the lion sensed familiarity through smell or sight first? Anyway, kinda reminds of my return home every evening. I’m convinced my dogs think I’ve been gone for months every MTWTHF.
13 posted on 08/20/2007 3:28:03 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Maceman

This posting reminded me of the following story I had read a while and back and always enjoyed:

AMAZING STORY

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....


14 posted on 08/20/2007 4:02:00 PM PDT by Mean Daddy
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To: Maceman

Aesop told the tale milleniums ago. The story was of the lion with a thorn in it’s foot.


16 posted on 08/20/2007 4:41:08 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: bert

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.


17 posted on 08/20/2007 5:11:00 PM PDT by DAC22
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To: DAC22

I concure.....this ain’t all it seems.


18 posted on 08/20/2007 5:18:24 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: bert; Mean Daddy
bert, you've got a good memory! Mean Daddy, you tell a good story!

Here's the Aesop's fable of the lyon / & of the pastour or herdman.

19 posted on 08/20/2007 5:26:24 PM PDT by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (Do I really want this comment to be seen around the world?)
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To: Maceman; Slings and Arrows

Great video.


20 posted on 08/20/2007 5:33:38 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Part of the RIGHT-Wing Machine.)
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To: DAC22

“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.”

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.


21 posted on 08/20/2007 5:39:06 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principle)
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To: goodnesswins
Amazing.....maybe since they are not caged...they remained friendly?

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.

22 posted on 08/20/2007 5:53:07 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Farewell Turd Blossom, ya done good!)
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To: Maceman
eel good video of the week.

No, preview of a Darwin Award nominee.........

23 posted on 08/20/2007 5:54:52 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Farewell Turd Blossom, ya done good!)
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To: Maceman
After one year they attempt to reunite with the lion and its amazing how happy the lion is to see her old friends.

"Wasssup my @#*(#* humans?! Yeah I just got done eating a Wildebeest. Ya'll wanna come to my lair and hang out?"

24 posted on 08/20/2007 5:57:48 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: Maceman; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Bahbah; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

25 posted on 08/20/2007 6:26:54 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: Maceman

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.


26 posted on 08/20/2007 6:33:18 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

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. =^..^=


27 posted on 08/20/2007 6:51:10 PM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Mean Daddy; iowamomforfreedom

LOL!


28 posted on 08/20/2007 7:01:50 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: Maceman

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.


29 posted on 08/20/2007 7:33:31 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Un-dead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Maceman
This is the story of Christian the Lion, and there is a book and movie about him. Read about him here. He was indeed raised by these gentlemen, who returned him to the wild but he (obviously) never forgot them- they went back to see him a year later and he recognized them. I love the lion's reaction when he realizes who they are :)
30 posted on 08/20/2007 7:48:57 PM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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To: Dysart
My cousin, Mary, worked in a small zoo during high school during the late 1960's. She visited a few times when her kids were small, but had not been to the zoo for about 20 years when I visited her. We took my children for a trip around 1999.

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.

31 posted on 08/20/2007 7:51:51 PM PDT by myprecious
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To: myprecious

Ah, that’s an endearing story.


32 posted on 08/20/2007 7:56:37 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Maceman

Kind of reminds me of a few scenes in “Second Hand Lions”. One of the best movies to hit the screens in recent years.


33 posted on 08/20/2007 7:58:54 PM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ahhh, big kitty head rubs. I’m glad it’s them and not me—I’ll stick with the miniature variety.


34 posted on 08/21/2007 12:43:18 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: myprecious

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.


35 posted on 08/21/2007 12:45:16 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Maceman; Slings and Arrows

I LOVE this!


36 posted on 08/21/2007 1:57:27 AM PDT by Allegra (0....I am on R&R -in the FREE western world! Yeeeeehaaaaaa!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Big AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


37 posted on 08/21/2007 4:15:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: Maceman

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.


38 posted on 08/21/2007 10:14:14 AM PDT by DancesWithCats
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To: Mean Daddy

OMG, ROTFLMAO!


39 posted on 08/21/2007 11:03:20 AM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: onedoug; stylecouncilor; I Drive Too Fast

You gotta check this out.


40 posted on 08/21/2007 11:07:01 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

That reunion was a roaring success.


41 posted on 08/21/2007 4:02:49 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Allegra
Hi Allegra, you causing any Damage over their ?

Hope you are having fun and keeping the pubs from seeming dull.

42 posted on 08/21/2007 4:56:14 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: Mean Daddy
 

Apparently, not true.

43 posted on 08/21/2007 5:02:59 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: Mean Daddy; TheMom

LOL!!

Now that is funny!


44 posted on 08/21/2007 5:19:23 PM PDT by Eaker (If illegal immigrants were so great for an economy; Mexico would be building a wall to keep them in)
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To: goodnesswins

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.


45 posted on 09/06/2007 11:38:57 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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