Adorable lion cub Karis loves playing with Autumn leaves so much keepers have swept them into her enclosure
The 11-week-old cub was born in September at Blair Drummond Safari Park
Lion keeper David Reid thought leaves would entertain the tiny cub.
Karis is due to be introduced to the rest of the pack over Christmas. Photos by Andrew Milligan PA Wire via DailyMail
Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth have developed a special friendship with Sigra since they rescued her as a young cub when she was driven from her pride. Mikkel Legarth, 30, said his bond with the 110lb cat was just like as if she was part of his pride.
'A pride had three cubs and two were killed before Sirga was abandoned without food. It happened on our land and we could not standby and watch her die'. 'We didn't want Sirga to become like other lions in captivity, constantly fed by streams of tourists.
Sirga treats the two conservationists just like she would other lions and with their help she can now hunt for prey on her own. She is now a beacon for hoped success of the Modisa Wildlife Project, founded in Botswana, Africa, by Mr Gruener, from Germany, and Mr Legarth, who is Danish, with the hope of saving the lion population. Botswana is two and a half times the size of Britain and has vast areas of wilderness - but already increased farming is bringing lions and man into more and more conflict.
From a base camp in the African bush the Modisa Wildlife Project has been working with local farmers and Willie De Graaff, owner of Grassland Safari Lodge, to find a way long term solution.The plan is to relocate the lions which are coming into contact with farmers to one large protected area where they have enough wild prey to feed on.