This man can say he has a special friend. See who’s stolen his heart!

Frikkie Von Solms, a 69-year-old lion caretaker in South Africa, has spent eleven years raising a lion cub named Zion, which – now fully grown – is his best friend. The cub was born in captivity.

He had to be taken from his family because his aggressive father wanted to kill him. Frikkie was happy to take care of him. Today, they are inseparable!


He calls the lion a sweet giant. He says he trusts him completely.


On walks, Frikkie goes without shoes as their sound annoys Zion.