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Theo Allofs brings us a new selection of images about a conservationist named Valentin and Sirga, the lion cub he rescued and raised. In February of 2012 two conservationists, Mikkel Legarth and Valentin Gruener discovered that a lion pride with three cubs had suffered a tragedy in the African bush. Two of the cubs had been killed so the pride simply abandoned the third cub. This 10-day-old animal would have died from dehydration or starvation had the men not stepped in to save her. Weighing less than four and a half pounds they coordinated a treatment program for her with a local veterinarian. Since she was so severely dehydrated she had to be put on an IV drip before she was strong enough to drink from a bottle. They nursed her back to health with a concoction of fresh eggs, cream, milk, calcium, sunflower oil and vitamins. For the first eight months Valentin slept outside with her every night.

Named Sirga the little cub has grown into a healthy lioness. She interacts mainly with Legarth and Gruener to prevent excessive human contact and is given lots of room to roam and hunt in her natural habitat. Initially her surrogate parents would bring her animal carcasses to feed on but eventually she learned how to hunt her own prey.
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga cuddling with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542286 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga cuddling with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542283 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542284 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 2  -  Theo Allofs
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00542307 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 2© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 2  -  Theo Allofs
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00542308 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 2© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga embracing Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542300 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga embracing Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542311 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542310 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542316 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga yawning with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542315 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga yawning with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542312 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542291 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542290 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542288 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542306 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542289 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542295 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with fruit in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542297 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with fruit in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542287 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542296 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga in waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga wading through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542298 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga wading through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga wading through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542299 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga wading through waterhole, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 2  -  Theo Allofs
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00542293 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 2© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 2  -  Theo Allofs
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00542294 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 2© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 3  -  Theo Allofs
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00542301 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 1 of 3© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 3 of 3  -  Theo Allofs
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00542303 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 3 of 3© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 3  -  Theo Allofs
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00542302 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana. Sequence 2 of 3© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542304 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542292 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga playing with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542305 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga and carcass with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542309 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga and carcass with Valentin Gruener, who raised her from when she was a cub, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542285 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542313 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana  -  Theo Allofs
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00542314 African Lion (Panthera leo) female named Sirga running, Kalahari, Botswana© Theo Allofs
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