It is said sometimes by cynics that animals simply don’t feel or understand anything the way humans do. It’s certainly fair to suggest that they do not think and perceive exactly the same way we do. Anyone who’s ever seen monkeys at a zoo knows this to be the case. But bonds of friendship can certainly be established.

Kiara the adopted lioness catches up with her first adoptive dad in a scene reminiscent of the famous reunion between Christian the Lion and his surrogate parents. A large, powerful, and imposing predator becomes like a mewling kitten in the wake of this reunion, and it’s adorable to watch.