A lion who was rejected by its mother has stuck up a friendship with a meerkat.
Bob the meerkat and Zinzi the lion have been inseparable since Zinzi was rescued
by zoo and safari ranch owner Marcell Tournier, 33. The friendship echoes the
partnership between Simba, the lion cub hero of Disney classic The Lion King and
Timon, his Meerkat friend.
"Bob seems to have a "Hakuna Matata" problem-free philosophy", says Mr Tournier,
"and taught Zinzi how to relax“…
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
But almost as soon as the lion had moved in to the home, near Sun City,
Mr Tournier quickly realised he wasn't Zinzi's only fan…
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 Mr Tournier. "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. The pair live on the sprawling Predator
World Zoo and Game Farm, which covers 1,000 hectares in the country's north-
west. It is home to over 36 species of animals including
leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, snakes and birds.