Lion and Wiener Dog Have Grown Up Together


Most of the big cats at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in Winwood, OK probably view a tiny dachshund as a potential meal, but surprisingly, one lion has taken the mantle of the dog’s resident guardian-in-chief.

Meet Abby and Bonedigger – excellent name for a lion – an unlikely pair that came to the refuge when both were young. According to caretakers at the wildlife refuge, while Bonedigger, a Barbary lion, gets along with all four of the dachshunds, it’s really Abby who has stolen his heart.

These cute doggies may seem like they’re too small to pose as an actual menace to others, but don’t tell that to Abby, the dachshund pooch who thinks she’s tougher than a lion. Abby lives at a wildlife park in Oklahoma, so she knows exactly how powerful the lions living there can be.

“I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like this bond,” said John Reikene, park manager at G.W. “They’re always just loving on each other.

According to their caretakers, Bonedigger was born at G.W. and not long after that Abby came along. Zookeepers think they were somewhere between six to nine weeks old when they were first introduced.

Despite Bonedigger’s much larger size, he and Abby became the best of friends. I was not expecting this! You will not believe what you’re about to see.
“The most amazing thing is the bond that they’ve built,” added Reikene.

Watch the video to see the amazing interaction between the big lion and little dog. These two together are hilarious!