Friday, September 17, 2010


Isn't this just too cute for words?

It could be straight out of Disney hit The Lion King but this lion cub and meerkat cuddling up to each other is real. Meet the real-life Simba and Timon.

The loveable duo have been best chums since new-born lioness Zinzi was rescued by being taken into the home of zoo and safari ranch owner Marcell Tournier, 33, after its mother rejected her.

Pictures show how the pair were inseparable from the beginning and are still good pals today - despite rapidly-growing Zinzi, now six months old, now vastly out-sizing her cheeky chum.

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Zinzi was brought in at just one day old when Marcell realised her mother was refusing to feed her - a harsh reality of nature that could have meant the end of adorable Zinzi.

But almost as soon as the lion had moved in to the home, near Sun City, South Africa, Marcell quickly realised he wasn't Zinzi's only fan.

Lively two-year-old Meerkat instantly took a shine to his new playmate.

Amazingly Bob began following his much bigger friend day and night and would even snuggle in at nap time.

'Bob likes having anything cute and cuddly around,' said Marcell. 'If it'll lie down and cuddle him he will love it'.

The pair quickly formed an unlikely friendship and were soon doing everything together.

Marcell said: 'They play together, eat together and drink together. Whatever Zinzi was having in those first few days and weeks Bob would have as well'.

There's more at the link, including several more pictures.

All together, now: Awwwww!



Anonymous said...

An odd couple surely, but they are cute. I wonder how Bob will react to being dwarfed by a full-grown lioness.


Anonymous said...

Cute, sure, but the meerkat doesn't seem quite as relaxed as his buddy...