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Hugging a Lion in Botswana

Mikkel playing with Sirga the lioness. Their work has now been documented by photographer Nicolai Frederik Bonnén Rossen who himself got up-close-and-personal with the magnificent predators. (Caters News)

Hugging a Lion in Botswana

These heart-warming photographs show an incredible bond between a wild lioness and the men fighting to save her species.

The amazing pictures show Sirga - a 110lb lioness - and her adopted pride Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth.

Modisa Wildlife Project, founded in Botswana, Africa, by Valentin and Mikkel with the hope of saving the lion population. (Caters)