A man who is not content with small cats of the domestic variety is 50-year-old Norman Carr, Senior Game Warden of the Luanga Valley in Northern Rhodesia.
A man who is not content with small cats of the domestic variety is 50-year-old Norman Carr, Senior Game Warden of the Luanga Valley in Northern Rhodesia. Just under three years ago, Mr. Carr found a litter of deserted lion cubs in the Kafue National Park, some 700 miles away. He bottle-fed them from the age of three weeks, and today - nearly three-years-old - they are as tame as any conventional pet and much more affectionate.
Two of the litter, now companionable lions - named "Big Boy" and "Little Boy" - almost completely share Mr. Carr's life. They sleep in the same grass hut, go on walks with him and are very rarely seen out of his company. He sees that there are no ill feelings about meal arrangements - succulent portions of zebra are always on hand at breakfast time.
When friends of Mr. Carr's arrive to see him, "Big Boy" and "Little Boy" amble out in a friendly way to greet them and are only too happy to blink at them from a lying position on their car bonnet. Surprisingly, the visitors do not seem to believe that large jungle pets can be so harmless. They tread very warily from car to the next place of safety.
Another tame jungle denizen in the immediate district is "Bullamatari" - the "Road Builder" - an elephant from the equatorial forests. He visits Mr. Carr's camp regularly and wanders peaceably round the huts for an hour at a time. But, unlike our lion friends, he will trumpet violently in displeasure if humans approach him too closely.