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A lion knows never to play poker with a leopard, they're all cheetahs. These catty kings of the Savanna are punny as anything and just chomping at the bit to flow across your screen. So before you flip on Animal Planet, check out some of the best hilarious lion jokes and memes around.

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Weekly Treats; Animal Tweets (September 7th, 2020)

Breaking tweets! Start your week with this week's freshest viral animal tweets and see which animals are making news. Laugh at the memes, have your heart melt from adorableness, and get inspired by some incredible photos. 

Week by week, we bring you the best of animal twitter, so if this week's tweets weren't enough, you can always check out last week's

We wish you a lovely day, and may you pet a cute cat this week!

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Terribly Abused Lion Cub Is Rescued

And not a moment too soon! This is a heartbreaking story but it has a happy ending. 

A lion cub, by the name of Simba, was one a few weeks old when he was taken away from his mother and forced to pose for pictures with tourists. 

The Russian owners were dragging the poor cub around and using him as a prop for tourists and their holiday photos. And as Simba grew, the owners broke his legs to keep him from running away. 

Tortured and beaten by his owners, the lion soon became ill to the point of death, according to reports. 

Simba was no longer able to take photos with tourists, due to his ill state, that the owners had tied him up and dumped him in a dilapidated barn in Russia. 

It is at the moment that Simba would be rescued from his life of torture. Yulia Agaeva, one of Simba's rescuers, had said, "This was a real hell. He was practically not fed, and for some reason in the frost. Water was constantly poured over him."

News of Simba's cruel torture spread across Russia, and even Vladimir Putin personally ordered a criminal probe into this senseless cruelty. 

Karen Dallakyan, the veterinary surgeon who saved Simba's life, helped Simba regain the use of his legs, thanks to several surgeries. Dallakyan had said that Simba suffered an "ocean of pain from humans" and that the recovery was a "miracle".

There had been over 30 offers from organizations to take the cub in, but Yulia was convinced that Tanzania, a rehabilitation center, was the right choice. 

"The rehabilitation center we selected employs highly trained, kind, animal-loving doctors who will take care of Simba 24/7. It is located in a beautiful area where elephants, zebras, caracals, servals, and other fauna live near Mount Kilimanjaro," said Yulia.

Simba will have a "huge unfenced space" to roam. 

Simba's transfer to a better life is expected at the end of this month. 

Our hearts break for this little cub and wish him all the best. We love you, Simba! 

Story via The Sun 

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Beautiful Golden Moon Bear Is Often Mistaken For A Lion

Meet Brandy! The most beautiful moon bear in the world! 

Brandy was rescued in 1999, by Free the Bears, when she was found clinging to a tree in Southern California, once a forested area that was converted to a palm oil plantation. Now Brandy currently resides at the Cambodia Bear Sanctuary, which is the world's largest sun bear sanctuary. And according to Free the Bears, Brandy is a gentle bear.

Brandy is a Golden moon bear, which is an extremely rare genetic color phase of moon bear. Whenever she emerges from the trees, you see a burst of golden yellow and because of her beautiful coloring, she is often mistaken for a lion! 

Sun bears and moon bears are both vulnerable species listed on the IUCN Red List. You can help by sponsoring Brandy or even become a Bear Carer, all for less than the usual cup of coffee per week! 

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Spanish Town Reports Loose Lion, Turns Out To Be A Big Dog

Here's a strange story. 

In the Spanish town of Molina de Segura, police got an unusual call about a wildcat on the loose. Imagine their surprise when they realize that the animal in question was no lion at all, just a really big dog, with an odd haircut. 

When the arrived on scene, the police were about to detain the animal (not realizing yet that it was in fact a canine) and scan for a microchip, which revealed the truth. 

Molina de Segura local police told HuffPost that officers were able to reunite the pooch with its owner. "We're investigating and waiting for some results," a spokesperson said in a message that has been translated to English. "We don't know the motive for shaving it that way. For now, there's no justifiable motive. We have to confirm the vaccines and documents are correct, but fortunately, the dog is fine."

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This handsome and glorious chonky ginger cat isn't just "walking around". We believe that this majestic animal grants you a royal tour through its kingdom. 

And we are so on board. 

Watch as this little (but big) lion confidently struts up and down the port. What a lovable guard! 

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Crazy Safari Encounters of A Furry Kind

Living in suburbia, there is nothing like getting away from it all and going into nature, and experiencing everything that urbanization can't offer. Some take it a step further, and seek out foreign lands in order to experience the real wild. So they go on a guided Safari tour with guides and cars that gives them the most authentic experience possible.

But there is no doubt that being up close and personal with animal is an incredible opportunity they probably won't have again. And for some of these people, after their experience, they might never want to again.

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You Can Now Turn Your Cat Into a Fearless Lion With This Cute Hat

Well...what can we say? Amazon never ceases to surprise us with fun silly products for our pets. Check out this silly hat.


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A Zoo In Japan Released a Video Of a Lion's Escape Drill And it is As Funny As it is Informative

The Tobe Zoo in Japan shared its procedure for an escaped lion complete with a person in a furry costume. As you will see, the Zoo's resident lions were not so impressed with it. 

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Lots of Lions

Lions: the most majestic creatures in the animal kingdom. Fierce, caring and playful, lions are the animals we all admire and fear a little. Continue reading to see beautiful pictures of lots of lions. 

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Majestic Lions That Also Happen To Be Giant Goofballs Of Fluff (14 Pics)

Ladies and gents, we present to you the mighty king and queen of the jungle -- in all their wonderfully goofy glory! There's something so powerful when it comes to lions, and to see them being...well, more housecat-like, gives off such a warm fuzzy feeling. Who wouldn't love to hang out with one of these giant murder fluffs?

I Can Has Moar Lions?

First of all, here's some lion memes and some lion fun facts to layer down "a base" of basic internet lion knowledge. Once that is done, learn some more and lion up about lions on Encyclopedia Britannica and Wikipedia's Lion page.  The Smithsonian lion page has some really great pictures of the magnificent beasts and South Africa's Kruger National Park and African Wildlife Foundation contain very detailed information about the diets, habits, habitat and other fun facts about lions. So does the San Diego Zoo, and Youtube has an amazing video of a 23-year old man that is best friends with a lion and other big cats. National Geographic has a very informative video explaining everything about lions and the Animal Fact Guide offers a simplified rundown of everything lion that is easy to teach to kids or to those just starting to learn about the big cats that happen to be king of the jungle.

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Lion Has Radiation Treatment For Skin Cancer At a Private Human Hospital In Africa

A lion, named Chaos, at Lory Park Zoo and Owl Sanctuary in South Africa, started undergoing cancer treatment this week. The treatment was received at a private hospital in South Africa - and he was smuggled in by the back door to avoid frightening human patients. The 16-year-old lion was unconscious and strapped face down on a trolley as he was brought in to treat lesions on his nose. The 570lb beast was being treated by the five-strong team of radiotherapists and one oncologist in the unusual setting because there are no radiation facilities for animals in South Africa. The photos are truly emotional. 

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