All Things Wild and Wonderful Paperback – 30 Apr 2003
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The new house at Crocodile Bridge was right on the Crocodile River, with a spitting cobra outside and bats inside the house. Kobie had a great problem remembering names and faces. The most thing alarmed and distressed her was the 'telephone'. LIONS IN THE NORTH KRUGER STILL HAD NATURAL FEAR OF MAN. In their 3 years stay here, she had filled 3 and 1/2 books of 200 pages with messages by phone! A lion is injured after shooting and Kobus is attacked on his left leg, and then taken to Komatipoort clinic and then to Nelspruit Hospital. After 1 month of treatment and skin grafting, he was home. Kobus finds a lion cub and they adopt him, calling him LEO (Leeu). Kobie fosters many other animals and birds.
Leo would play with house dog 'Wolfie' and their 3 girls. When lions roared close to the house, Leo only showed little interest. On 28th November, Leo was 1 year old and weighing 100 kg. On 11th of December, Sandra marries Paul at Komatipoort. In 1994, Kobus was transfered to Pretorius Kop. As Leo was getting older and larger, GARETH PATTERSON (The Lion Man) comes to visit them.Read more ›
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For anybody who has visited South Africa this will be a wonderfully exhilarating read. It's a gentle read too; no extraneous violence and oh so very believable.
It's about a family who live in the Kruger National Park. The game warden husband
lives there with his wife and three daughters and the story centers around their adopting a lion cub, Leo, and the mischief this lion cub gets up to while living with them. They Park management allow them to keep the cub until he is six months old at which time he has to be given up to a park or reserve where he can be returned to the "wild". Naturally a hand-reared wild animal can never be returned to the actual wild as the animal will never be able to adapt to conditions outside what he has known as 'home'. After quite a struggle, they manage to have him reintegrated into a lion park in Zimbabwe. The remainder of the book is about all the other unusual animals the game warden's wife Kobie adopts. It's an enchanting story and would be enjoyed by all ages.
This book presents a case where there is a happy ending for Leo. But it is misleading - most lions one sees in various venues in South Africa have not been saved from certain death in the bush (as Leo was) but have been bred on purpose to please people, and than condemned to die prematurely.
It is important to understand that lions are not pets and should not be treated as such. This book may give some people a different point of view.
I give this book a 5 star mark for the wonderful love for animals it shows, but 0 because it is endangering the very same lions the author loves so much.
One of my favorite books! I bought it for all of my friends!
I must admit to having goggled Leo.