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The meerkat and the weird cat: Lion cub makes an unlikely new best friend

It could be straight out of Disney hit The Lion King but this lion cub and meerkat cuddling up to each other is real.

Meet the real-life Simba and Timon.
The loveable duo have been best chums since new-born lioness Zinzi was rescued by being taken into the home of zoo and safari ranch owner Marcell Tournier, 33, after its mother rejected her.

Just like cartoon character Simba - the lion cub hero of Disney classic The Lion King - young Zinzi was also separated from her family and incredibly formed and bond with a wandering meerkat.