*As an animal lover I have one thing to admit…
I’m so jealous.
At first this looks like its going to be a bloodbath; as a huge lioness appears to lunge towards a defenseless man who may be opening the gate to feed her.
But after a second, once you take your hands away from your eyes, you realize its a wild animal showing love to an old friend in a very tame way we never expected to see.
The man is Valentin Gruener, a co-founder at the Modisa Wildlife Project in Botswana, who raised this particular female lion from a cub.
This touching reunion was filmed by Jonathan Hawker, a teacher living in Seoul, South Korea, who was visiting the project.
The video shows the lioness pacing back and forth behind the wire fence as Gruener attempts to unlock it. Then, once the gate is opened, the animal springs forth like a child — jumping into her daddy’s arms.
If you’re an animal lover, hold your heart on this one.
The lioness is just one of the animals under the care of the Modisa Wildlife Project, founded after Mr. Gruener from Germany and Mikkel Legarth from Denmark, met in 2009 when they were volunteers in Africa.
Watch the touching video directly below.