Meet the brothers who live with a LION called Simba who joins them for walks and even travels in their car with them
- Hamzah and Hassan Hussain, from Karachi in Pakistan, have raised lion since he was two weeks old
- The brothers claim that the 26-month-old African lion was born on their farm
- Hamzah says: ‘If a new person is around then Simba will want to play and they’ll need to stand still to be OK’
Two animal-loving brothers have welcomed an unconventional housemate into their home – an adult African lion. And he even travels with them in their car.
Hamzah and Hassan Hussain, from Karachi in Pakistan, have been raising the beast ever since he was just two weeks old.
The brothers, who own a popular restaurant, fondly call him Simba, after the character in Disney’s hit animated movie The Lion King.
They claim that the 26-month-old lion was born on their farm and, after his mother stopped feeding the cub, they took it upon themselves to raise the big cat.
Hamzah (left) and Hassan Hussain (right), from Karachi in Pakistan, have been raising an African Masai lion since he was just two weeks old
They call the lion Simba, after the Lion King Disney film – and said that the now 26-month-old beast was born on their farm
The brothers said that Simba eats only the best meats and can get through 5kg of beef a day
Simba frequently travels with the Hussain brothers – and even accompanies them in their car
Hassan sees the lion as his younger brother and is not scared of living so closely with him
Hassan told Barcroft TV: ‘The lion was born on our farm and his mother couldn’t feed him the milk so I brought him into our home.’
‘Ever since we have been raising him like our brother. I named him Simba and he is a very tame lion. And now he’s 26 months old.’
‘He’s like my baby, so that’s why I’m not afraid with him. You can see that I can put my hands in his mouth.’
The brothers share an intimate bond with Simba and he is often seen accompanying them on their walks and even driving around Karachi in their car.
Hassan said: ‘I am not scared of living with him as he is like my younger brother or baby.’
‘I put my hands in his mouth, cuddle and caress him and he loves that.’
Masai lions are found in east African countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania and have been extinct in Pakistan since the mid 1800s but there are special permits to import wild animals
Hassan says he is now looking for a mate for Simba and, if he has to, he will import one from South Africa
Hamzah added: ‘If he’s with someone he knows, he’s fine. If a new person is around then he’ll want to play and they’ll need to stand still to be OK.
‘If they shout or run then he might bite.’
Maasai lions such as Simba are found in east African countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania and have been extinct in Pakistan since the mid 1800s.
The government, however, issues special permits to import wild animals and a number of wealthy people across the country use these permits to import wild animals and set up private farms.
But owners have a big job on their hands feeding their pet lions.
Hassan explained: ‘I feed him the best of meats. Simba eats five kilos of beef daily and sometimes I feed him goat meat too. However, he dislikes chicken and never eats it.’
Hassan is now looking for a female partner for his lion.
‘If I cannot find a partner for Simba locally, I will import it from South Africa,’ he said.
And Hassan confirms that Simba is a big hit with the locals.
He said: ‘Yeah they get very excited – all the family members and neighbours taking pictures with him.’
The brothers say they began looking after the big cat as a cub when his mother couldn’t feed him milk