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3-Year-Old Lion Meets Child's Stuffed Lion Toy, Become Fast BFFs

July 24, 2018 - 10:37 am

By Meredith Ganzman

This is the incredible moment when Moto, a real-life lion, met Simba, a stuffed animal cub.

Staff at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden where the three-year-old lion lives say she's playful and curious and loves to interact with the zoo guests through the viewing window of her outdoor habitat. Moto arrived alongside her sister Dunia, also three-years-old, in March as part of a Species Survival Plan recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

But when five-year-old guest Mila brought her stuffed animal Simba to meet Moto, the attraction was immediate. Moto seems to recognize that the toy looks just like her, as she paws at the window and follows it as Mila moves it along the glass.

This is one trip to the zoo that neither Mila or Moto will soon forget!