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The Roar Next Door

When a lion came under threat, this couple brought him home.

For the last 20 years, Dominique and Juliette Cases have dedicated their lives to the private zoo they run in Casteil, a city in southwestern France. But recently, the line between work and home has blurred a bit: After a lioness tried to eat her cub —a not uncommon occurrence in the animal world— the Cases family brought the cub, Simba, into their house.

A KING AT HIS TABLE RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images A KING AT HIS TABLE The Cases' animal park is also home to camels, prairie dogs, wolves, and a brown bear. THE EYE OF THE LION RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images THE EYE OF THE LION In the wild, lions can live for an average of 12 to 16 years, however in captivity—where finding food isn't a problem and medicine is always close at-hand—it's possible for them to live for up to 30 years. LIONHEART RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images LIONHEART The Cases will turn Simba loose in the park when he hits maturity, at about two years old. THE LION'S DEN RAYMOND ROIG/AFP/Getty Images THE LION'S DEN Until then, Simba will be making himself comfortable at home—anywhere he chooses.