Annel Snyman, a guesthouse owner in the Waterberg region of South Africa, adopted this young lion cub 8 months ago. Fondly called, “Timba”, the lion not only lives on Annel’s farm, but also sleeps in her bed and cuddles on the couch with her and any house guests present! With a passion for wild animals, Annel applied to the Department of Nature Conservation for a permit to keep and raise them on her farm and since 2009 has hand-reared a cheetah cub, five lions, a white lion, a leopard and six Serval kittens (a medium-sized African wild cat).
When these baby hedgehogs were left orphaned, this cat, a new mother herself, become a surrogate to the babies, feeding and nurturing them as if they were her own.
Park rangers found this seven-and-a-half month old baby elephant close to death in the Vwaza Wildlife Reserve in Malawi. Moses, whose mother had been killed by poachers, was adopted by the Jumbo Foundation where is being cared for and raised by humans. Here are some touching photos of the brave survivor.