Sigra was only a tiny cub when she met Valentin Gruener. A pride of lions had seen her and her wee siblings as a threat and attacked. Sigra was the only one to survive--barely clinging to life.
The German-born Gruener, along with his Danish collaborator Mikkel Legarth, had founded the Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana, a fulfillment of Gruener's lifelong dream to someday make a difference in the lives of animals all over the world.
This dream drew the two to Africa, where there were plenty of lions in need of saving.
When Gruener came across Sigra, still only a baby and gravely injured, he immediately scooped her up and rushed her back to safety.
Once Sigra's injuries had been treated, however, Gruener and Legarth decided that they didn't want the tiny cub to grow up in captivity. As much as they loved her, they knew her destiny was to run free.
Valentin and Mikkel worked hard to raise Sirga in the wild, allowing only themselves to have contact with her.
She now lives under the watchful eye of her rescuers, but still enjoys the wild where she belongs.
Still, Sigra never forgot the love and compassion of her human rescuer—as this unbelievably joyful video so beautifully shows.
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It just goes to show that a simple act of kindness is never wasted and never forgotten—especially by the animals who need our help the most!
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