Watch the amazing video below to see the full reunion!
“Malkia is the best hugger since she was a cub❣️” added the park owner.
I would do just about anything to get a hug from a lion.
This video brings to mind a few other well-known lion hugs.
Christian was the first lion famous for giving out hugs to previous owners.
Here he is after being reunited with the men who rescued him as a cub and released him back into the wild.
Kevin Richardson, a.k.a. 'The Lion Whisperer', has a whole compilation of heartwarming lion hugs.
Richardson started a wildlife sanctuary that works to “provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education, awareness, and funding, especially pertaining to the rapid decline of large carnivores in Africa due to habitat loss, human-predator conflict, unscrupulous hunting, disease and their illegal trade,” according to their YouTube channel.
The park rescues animals from circuses, zoos and private owners when the creatures are either being abused or are unable to stay.
Malkia Park Big Cats Rescue first opened its gates on June 3rd, 2016.
Their website states that their goal is, “to create the most optimal living conditions for animals that we save from circuses and not appropriate domestic breeding conditions.”