The lion may be known as “the king of the jungle,” but 11-year-old Zion is nothing but a loving sweetheart to his caretaker Frikkie Von Solms, a 69-year-old man who lives and cares for big cats in southern Africa. Born to a lioness named Simba, Zion was separated from his parents as a cub due to fears that his hostile father would kill him. Von Solms stepped in to raise the young lion, bottle-feeding him and letting him sleep in his bed. As a result, Zion grew into a gentle, friendly soul who is now too domesticated to be able to return to the wild.
It is known that he had many dolls, his collection starting from when he received his first one at a young age and growing into a larger, more vast selection. He took special care of each one, dressing them, polishing them, fixing them up to look beautiful and realistic, so much so they looked like they possessed a life of their own. And although he loved all of his dolls, his first one, as broken and old as it was, was his favorite and no one knew why.