When This Rescued Lioness and Lion Cub First Met, What Happened Went Beyond Anyone’s Dreams

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Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

Keeper Karel Geurts watches on as the two lions approach each other. One is a lioness named Masrya, and she was once a caged promotional tool for her cruel former owners. The other is a four-month-old lion cub called Nero, who used to belong to a circus. They are both in need of company, but nobody could have guessed what would happen when they met.

Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

This initial meeting took place in early 2013, but the story of Masrya and Nero was a long time in the making. In fact, it is still being told today. It all started, however, when someone spotted a then-unknown lioness caged “at the side of a busy road.”

Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

Still, it wasn’t until this lioness had arrived at a lion foundation called Stichting Leeuw, which is located in the Netherlands, that somebody named her Masrya. And she had made her way to Stichting Leeuw after a long journey from Egypt.

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Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks
Image: Facebook/Shelley Mattocks

Yes, it was in Egypt that Masrya had spent the early part of her life as a pet. Then, a street trader purchased her. And this trader subsequently used her as seemingly little more than a promotional tool and photography prop for his services.

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