Woman Reunites With 2 Lionesses She Rescued From The Circus. Here's The Footage
Cailyn Finkel 10/9/2017
They say elephants have a remarkable memory, but whoever created that saying obviously hadn't interacted with lions very much! The big cats' incredible memory was put on display when these two lions were reunited with the woman who hand-reared them as cubs.
After seven long years of being separated, the lions immediately recognized her and ran up to give her a big snuggle. Thank goodness someone thought to record their initial reaction!
According to The Scientific American, lions are the smarts species within the "big cat" classification. They are expert hunters, have a keen sense of memory and can learn important lesson just by watching their fellow pride mates perform a task.
That's why it comes as no surprise that these affectionate lions were able to recognize their human "Mom" close to a decade after she left! How wild is that!
The lions in the video below acted more like house cats than giant predators! They jumped up on her chest and licked her face - it's clear they recognized their "mom" and wanted to shower her with affection!
Even though Mom had to give up her beloved lions when they got too big to handle on her own, they didn't resent her. They were thrilled that she was back to visit!
By the look on her face, it's clear the woman was just as excited as the lions to be reunited.
What a remarkable experience this handler had with the two lionesses! What a wonderful reunion.
The park where these two girls are cared for provides a permanent shelter for unwanted circus animals that cannot be rehabilitated and returned to the wild. What a blessing this facility is to the animals living there.
Take a peek at this heartwarming reunion for yourself in the video below. Hopefully she gets to come visit more in the future!