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Lion cub forms friendship with dog and rabbit (VIDEO)

Eric Pfeiffer
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Simba the lion cub cuddles with Thumper the rabbit. (YouTube)

A newly released video shows a rescued lion cub making an unusual pair of new friends: A dog and a rabbit. The actual video footage is 20 years old, but it's just been introduced to the public for the first time.

In the video, 8-week-old Simba is playing with the animals inside the Glasgow, Scotland, home of two zookeepers. The Daily Mail notes that the video was shot sometime during the 1980s, when Simba was temporarily brought to the zookeepers' home after he fell ill while being raised at the now-closed Glasgow Zoo.

After Simba recovered from his illness, he was eventually returned to the zoo. And his rapidly growing size also meant the budding friendship with Thumper the rabbit and Monty the dog could only be sustained for so long.

"It becomes slightly risky in the mornings when you get up and you've got to go to the toilet and there's a lion club clinging to the back of your leg," Simba's keeper jokes in the video.

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