This man saved a much bigger cat than everyone is used to.
Valentin Gruener saved Sirga when she was very young, and she did not forget this favor. The internet is full of dog and cat rescue stories.
Rescuing an animal can be a truly rewarding experience for many people. With the sheer number of stray cats and dogs roaming every country, animal rescue makes perfect sense.
This man rescued a much larger cat than we are used to.
His name is Valentin Gruener, and his noteworthy venture involves a cat he rescued. Although some cats are larger than others, this does not mean that they are invincible.
Val saved the lioness Sirga when she was still a cub.
As an adult, an African lion can weigh up to 400 pounds. They are the main predators there, and few other animals are the first to come to mind when you hear the word “predator”. African lions are the face of large predators for the rest of the world. But no matter how big and strong they are, their lives are threatened – unexpectedly – by loss of habitat and poaching.
The story of how Sirga met Val is instructive.
Sirga’s parents were caught feeding cattle and she was born in the camp while her parents were being held there.
When it comes to lion cubs, there is practically no such thing as an “only baby”.
There are always at least 2 in litters, and Sirga did have siblings. No longer, however, as her siblings appear to have been killed by other lions in that camp.
Sirga was the only surviving baby, and her mother also refused to feed her.
It was then that Gruener saved her, for which she is grateful to this day.