Dianna Hanson, an intern at Cat Haven Sanctuary in Northern California, may have enjoyed the beauty of big cats and "thrilled" to work with them, but reality is they're not reciprocal in nature. She got mauled to death by Cous Cous her favorite lion.
Time and again we have read or witnessed such tragedies happen to loved ones because common sense is shelved and replaced by euphoria. Wild animals are wild animals, no matter what. Their emotions are not explained in human language nor exhibited visually to predict their next move. Animal experts can explain whole day what they have learned in their field trips or research, but the truth is they have not unlocked their snap point; let wild animals be wild animals.They will never be like humans and will never remember the bottle that fed them, theirs is day by day behavior and habitat comfort level, otherwise stay out of the way.
In Wisconsin, a 14-month-old boy was killed by Pit Bulls at the baby sitter's house, yet they are considered sweet family pets. Pit Bulls, big cats, Monkeys(of all kinds), and snakes should NEVER be considered as family pets. They are like a grenade under the bed that can go off at any time. Those who love these animals and reptiles will not snuggle with a grenade.
Human life is way too precious to be thrown into a cage of lions, or pit bulls swaggering around toddlers.
Some thing to think about; the South Africans or Kenyans with large number of big cats and other wild animals NEVER keep them as pets, because they understand them well - no love connection. Further evidence check the history of animal circus human fatalities.