I know that I am a sucker for this stuff, but this video rivals the early bonding scene in Columbia. This could well become an alternative to When Animals Attack. I am not sure if When Lions Hug will hold as much of an audience, but I am sure there is some television producers working on that question at this very moment.
This new video shows a lion recognizing the men who helped raise it and release it into the wild. I know that I will hear from some advocates about how such scenes are horrible examples of humans trying to domesticate wild animals and deny them their natural wildness. Recently, such charges led some environmentalists to say that a German bear cub named Knut should be killed after bonding with keepers. (Click here)
These scenes, however, do not suggest that giant cats should be given big balls of yarn and made playthings. (Though my two-year-old daughter does want a lion for a pet after seeking the video out of Columbia here). The fact is that with all of the harm that we are causing the environment, there is something warming about a bond with another species — as simplistic and sappy as that may be. Thanks to LindyLou for sharing this link (it is her fault).
For the new video, click here