Transcript for Houseful of Wild Cats
And ten month old white lioness Boxee is on balloons and she's hungry. Very hungry. 130 pounds of muscle and razor sharp teeth and she makes a beeline the house of -- Nelson -- it. And pops right up on the -- Pacino and assassins terrorists. -- -- but he acts like an overgrown house cat. Which is basically what she is she was raised by -- Allen her boyfriend -- Webber right here in this kitchen well. How does that mean you can just didn't bottom -- and won't even the -- -- -- her teeth. Al doesn't show what hint of hesitation or fearful if she wanted to she can overpower any of us yeah she's yeah. -- -- says -- -- and her seven other lions siblings on the farm -- -- But more like her children that she's braves and Pittsburgh. Just congregate. Feeding. -- -- -- -- I'm hell's guest farm is a twenty minute drive down a dusty and bumpy road -- park. It's immediately clear this is no ordinary home in rural South Africa and everywhere you look look at that face a different animal who sleeps -- the -- thought the leopard and it that. To -- and this guy who abandoned -- among this is look and then they get. Four of them have come bless you -- -- How do you fit in this bed. It's don't think you don't move you don't role not in a rollover but it's less the -- in the house. But no one outside that is an Allen songs focused. They have served bulls. -- goals a leopard and seven big lions happens about as he intends. Atlanta hey he's going to -- the camera and -- in a bite my hand who report. These days -- has grown too big and too dangerous to live in the house is now in this enclosure. And while he seems to want to show only loved. It -- that it. I love my family. That was -- -- in the back. Quick and -- my back doesn't take much to remind me how deadly she could be. -- It was a -- but yeah. Who helped by from a -- that is about to leave a mark for coupled with the there are eight times more lines in captivity in South Africa -- -- in the wild animal -- -- -- a huge business and -- farms like this one and that's grown up all over the life. While. And -- open the movies guest farm to the public three years ago. Bringing in school groups and overnight guest that Spain enjoyed their collection of predatory cats. On now and so on argue this isn't just a business -- -- helping wildlife conservation efforts through education. You've got people coming out tea who don't have the opportunity to get -- in the wild and experiencing lines applies to you got the youngsters coming through yet they did not -- as you've seen with the lines. And if not -- mean something to -- it's not just a line they've seen on TV. So you know if they go ahead and and they hear about something being done to Lional all. They're -- -- mystery to rule in you know in fact they may actually stand up and saints and -- a future conservationists. But. Many conservation experts disagree. Saying small guest farms like this one and make no real difference. Instead they say the farms are focused on making money off the animals which fuels the breeding of more animals for captivity. Big cats kept like pets cannot be returned to the -- you can never take them and train them possibly in anyway so that they become effective at being -- wild animal so really claiming that that keeping a lion as a paid. Has something to do with conservation I think is really really -- Then there's the potential danger last weekend a long time staffer at an -- wild cat sanctuary was mauled to death by one of the animals. I'm -- doesn't let her -- in with the adult lions and insists hers would never turn on her you're very -- Moody's lines -- -- showing absolutely no fear and around obviously I mean they're roaring right to veto if you couldn't -- me California man and a. I trust and love fest yeah. -- -- was also reared in the house until he too too big for the bed. He's been replaced by this little guy there ago he took Kwan is just six weeks old sonics who have an -- bigger alliance. He's just a squealing newborn. Already familiar with the -- that the house telling a society yet he's nine now. All right two point is coming. On bell as hopes to grow -- farm bringing in more lions as well as other cats. For now focuses caring for the cats he has. And raising the next generation. For Nightline I'm Alex Marquardt in bella bella South Africa -- --
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