Can lions and humans be friends

As always it is matter of perspective. In this instance an animal that scares most humans can be a kitten and a mans best friend. Lynn Rogers has shown the last 40 years that the Black Bear is nowhere as dangerous as most people believe. Now Valentin Gruener shows that even Lions can be humans best friend if treated correctly. The basic message from both is: Treat animals with respect and do nit threaten them and they will do the same to you. Be aware but not afraid from predators. Under such circumstances the risk of being attacked is hundred times less than being attacked by a bee or dogs or cow.

2 thoughts on “Can lions and humans be friends

  • Hi Jo,

    this case is an exception and it shows that it can work. The point is that just like humans all animals are different and there is no single truth to how and what we believe an animal should or should not do. We often refer to animal typical behaviour and judge wild animals against a human set of norms. This case shows that this assumption my be true in most cases not all are the same. We agree that animals which approach humans on their own accord should be closely watched but we should also try to find our what lures a wild animal to the human wild settlement. Could it be that we discard food waste which attracts the wild animals, could it be that our practices have led to such a reduction in natural food sources that the wild animals is starving due to lack of natural prey or could it be that the animal has been habituated. In each of these case the solution can be different and most likely not result in the automatic killing of the animal.

    Wild regards Max

  • A lion taught to approach humans will be shot. Lions are NOT ever kittens and will injure human handlers.

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