This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Besides Zion, Frikkie has raised countless other big cats, but these two clearly have an incredible bond. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named ZionWe all have our best friend, that person we turn to for advice, companionship, and more. You might think your best friend is, well, the best, but this South African lion caretaker takes the cake with his big cat bestie.

For the past 11 years, Frikkie Von Solms has been nurturing his buddy Zion after the lion was separated from his mother as a cub.

Born in captivity, Zion was taken into Frikkie's care due to fears that the cub's father would fatally attack him (not uncommon in lion prides).

Who wouldn't want to spend their time cuddling up with this cute cub?
Who wouldn'twant to spend their time cuddling up with this cute cub? - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Now an adult, the big cat is described by Frikkie as a "gentle giant."
Now an adult, the big cat is described by Frikkie as a

Frikkie feels lucky to have observed Zion as he matured. He got to see, firsthand, all the stages of the lion's life.
Frikkie feels lucky to have observed Zion as he matured. He got to see, firsthand, all the stages of the lion's life. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Without the typical aggressive upbringing, Zion proves that lions aren't all the same.
Without the typical aggressive upbringing, Zion proves that lions aren't all the same. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

They each have their unique traits, Frikkie explains.
They each have their unique traits, Frikkie explains. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

"They have personalities, they have humour and laugh."


The two enjoy taking long walks together, during which Frikkie affectionately hold Zion's tail.
The two enjoy taking long walks together, during which Frikkie affectionately hold Zion's tail. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

In fact, Zion is such a sensitive softie that his caretaker also goes without shoes so the noise doesn't disturb him.
In fact, Zion is such a sensitive softie that his caretaker also goes without shoes so the noise doesn't disturb him. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Zion has never attacked a person, Frikkie notes that he trusts the lion completely.
Zion has never attacked a person, Frikkie notes that he trusts the lion completely. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Besides Zion, Frikkie has raised countless other big cats, but these two clearly have an incredible bond.
Besides Zion, Frikkie has raised countless other big cats, but these two clearly have an incredible bond. - This Is The Story Of A Man And His Best Friend, A Lion Named Zion

Watch the adorable duo in action and see just how remarkable their connection really is:

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