It’s quite weird to go visit someone like Annel Snyman. Why is that? Well, she is a guest house owner that has a lion in her house. It’s like a cat, only on a larger scale. Annel also has a dog, and the animals get along just fine. Let’s take a look at their daily routine with her pets.
How did Annel get to adopt an eight-month-old lion cub and keep it in her house? This is how it all started…
20. Living in South Africa
Annel Snyman lives near Bela Bela in the Waterberg region, South Africa. One spring, she adopted a lion cub. Her intention was to foster the cub and then release it, but she couldn’t let go…
19. I’m Keeping the ‘Cat’
But keeping such a big cat in her house demanded some training. So, Timba the lion cub got house-trained. He still steals some food from the kitchen, like all cats do, but at least he helps around the house!
18. A Tiny Baby
Timba was just a baby when Annel took him in. He learned to go on walks with her and the dog. And when his owner has guests, Timba gets jealous and tries his best to sit between her and her guests. This is what she said…
17. It’s a Tough Love
‘Relationships can be a challenge though, as there are often some jealousy issues about who is going to snuggle up with who on the couch,’ said Annel. Timba wants all the attention he can get and it’s difficult to ignore him! But how did the dog reacted to the huge cat?!
16. The Outcome of Fighting Over the Couch…
Annel continues her funny story: ‘It normally ends up with me on one couch with Timba snuggled up on my lap and the other person on the other couch or outside looking rather concerned.’ Well, who would want to argue with a lion?
15. His Super Ability is to Snuggle
‘This is something that Timba has mastered perfectly. He’s fantastic at subtly shifting his way onto the couch between myself and whoever may be sitting next to me,’ said his owner. And, in the end, Timba gets his cuddles!
14. The Perfect Pet For a Father
Annel said that every father could use having ‘a lion to keep the boys away from their daughters,’ because Timba is great at keeping everyone away from his human mommy. Wait until he grows and becomes an adult lion… The next photo is shocking and adorable at the same time!
13. Un Unconventional Pet
The woman has a lot of friends and family members that are used to Timba. And her neighbors are still amazed to see her playing and spending her time with a white lion. This is what she said about it…
12. They Got Used to Timba
‘Family and friends have all had to adjust… They’ve also gotten used to having him investigating their coffee or any other sweet items they happen to have’, and as for the neighbors, they’re still shocked, she says. What’s even more shocking…
11. The Neighbors are Stunned
‘The neighbors are all amazed by him and I often see them driving past and slowing down to catch a glimpse,’ said Annel. And if you’re wondering if Timba is her first big cat, you need to know this…
10. The Last Adopted Cat
Timba is the last adopted wild animal. Annel started raising wild animals in 2009. She first adopted farm animals when she opened ‘Loebies Guestfarm’ on her land with the help of her parents. But then she applied to the Department of Nature Conservation…
9. A Permit to Raise and Keep Wild Animals
The Department of Nature Conservation gave Annel a permit and she could adopt and raise wild animals. She then adopted a cheetah cub, five lions, a white lion, a leopard and six Serval kittens!
8. They Are Her Children
‘For me, working with these animals was therapy and unbeknown to me at the time, the start of a whole new passion and path that my life was soon to take,’ said the woman. She loved all her rescues very much. But after a while she had to let them go…
7. Hard to Say Goodbye
After raising and caring for all those animals, Annel couldn’t say goodbye to them. So, she got a permit to keep the wild animals permanently. ‘There are times when it is difficult to do day-to-day thing’, said Annel…
6. Timba is An Adult Now
Time passed and the last lion cub, Timba, has grown into a beautiful white lion. And lucky for Annel, the lion also did this: ‘I’m in a relationship now though and thankfully Timba has totally accepted my partner as one of the family.’
5. Spoiled Kittens
The wild cats she raised before Timba were a lot more spoiled than him. She said that ‘the first lions reared on the farm […] ruled the house, the bed and the couches and would regularly join me for swims in the farm’.
4. Caring For Wild Cats
Taking care of her first big cats was ‘the spark that ignited my passion and directed me towards the unimaginable path and life experiences that I have on a daily basis’. Annel is living an awesome life while caring for animals in need of a home!
3. Always Tread with Care
Annel was always close to her baby cats, raising and spending all her time with her. However, she admits that she never lets her guard down: ‘A person can never feel 100 percent safe around their cats because they have natural instincts they act on’.
2. She Trusts In Her Cats
‘I personally believe my cats won’t attack me out of anger, but I have my fair share of scratches and bruises from interacting with them,’ continues Annel. And as cat owners, we know that scratches are part of our lives on a daily basis…
1. A Part of Her Identity
‘While most people are amazed, this has become my life and part of who I am,’ said Annel. We all know that life wouldn’t be the same without our beloved pets, and the same goes for this awesome woman!