The Incredible Moment A Conservationist Strokes And Cuddles A Fully Grown Male Lion

June 28, 2018

This amazing encounter was filmed at Glen Garriff Conservation in South Africa and shows lion caretaker Mike Thulani bonding with his favorite big cat, Smokey.

"Mike is an exceptional Zulu man and has an extraordinary gift with all our lions, especially Smokey," said Suzanne Scott, director of GG Lions NPC.

Mike has known Smokey all his life (10 years) and has always been his main caretaker. They have an amazing bond.

"I want to make it clear that this is a very special relationship and exceptional situation and we do not want to encourage people to try to do this... or "pet" lion cubs which is, in general, very harmful to that lion's future," Scott added.

Watch the video below!

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