Animal gratitude: 550-lb. lion hugs woman who rescued him

The saying “no good deed goes unpunished” applies only to humans, but not to animals who never forget a kindness and repay it with gratitude.

Gary Sledge reports for Reader’s Digest that in 1999, Ana Julia Torres rescued a severely malnourished cub, Jupiter, from a traveling circus in Colombia.

She brought the cub to Villa Lorena, a wildlife animal rescue and sanctuary she established in 1984 in Cali, Colombia’s third-largest city.

She said that when Jupiter first came to the shelter, “I would enter his cage and hold him like a baby while I gave him his medicine. That is how our relationship started.”

12 years later, now weighing 550 pounds with a luxuriant mane and paws the size of dinner plates, Jupiter greets Torres by rising on his hind legs to 6½ feet and wrapping his huge forelegs around her in a gentle embrace while Torres plants a big kiss on his muzzle.

Torres says: “Jupiter’s hug is the most loving and sincere I’ve ever received in my life. I can see the shine in his eyes. I think of it as his way of telling me thank you.”

See also these other cases of animal gratitude:

~Eowyn

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MarkyMark
MarkyMark
7 months ago

I LOVE the lion hug! As for my rescue cats, they thank me by being my masters… 😉 Seriously, they’re both loving, appreciative cats. I rescued a tabby street cat from Peru; I rescued another one, a sweet, special needs calico, from the NYC ACC shelter. While they place over 90% of them, when you’re taking in over 2,000 animals per month, even 5% means that 100 will get the needle. Since the calico was a senior, I was worried she’d get the needle. I rescued her. When I saw Mitten’s pic on the shelter website, my heart broke! She… Read more »

MarkyMark
MarkyMark
7 months ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Thanks. I was slated to adopt two kittens (local barn litter) from a local rescue when I found Mitten. I knew the kittens would find a home; kittens always get adopted. OTOH, Seniors are often overlooked. The rescue not only understood; they applauded my decision to adopt Mitten. I wish I could save ’em all, but I can’t. At least I saved two. I found out later that a NYC based rescue was interested in Mitten, but when they called NYC ACC, they heard she was already adopted. They were curious about her, since they wanted to pull her and… Read more »

DCG
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DCG
7 months ago

So sweet!

CalGirl
CalGirl
7 months ago

Blessings to all loving people who extend themselves and their homes to animals in need, and I have a special heart for our dog and cat friends and their rescuers. Kudos and keep on keeping on…..

Deplorable Patriot
Editor
7 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Ditto

TrailDust
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7 months ago

♥️

Lola
Lola
7 months ago

This story makes me remember a philosophy professor I had in college who said animals do not have souls. Well, that educated fool is proven wrong everyday, a million times over.