Video of The Week — Meet Serabie, A Lioness Who Loves To Play Fetch!

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Serabie loves to play fetch (Photo Credit: YouTube/screen capture)

While a wild cat chasing down prey sounds perfectly reasonable, one who sprints to fetch sticks might seem a little bizarre. However, that is precisely what Serabie, a rescued adult lioness at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa’s Limpopo province, loves to do.

In the recently released video, the beautiful lioness’s keeper is seen tossing sticks over the fence for Serabie to retrieve. To the utter bewilderment of her male counterparts, Tau and Raka, the majestic animal chases down each one with a ferocity the cats usually reserve for hunting. In one instance, Serabie even climbs up a seemingly fragile tree to claim the precious twig. While there is no information on how the wild cat acquired her fetching skills or how her keeper stumbled upon them, she is better at it than most dogs.


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  1. According to the author what does one expect a wild cat to do?
  2. What does Serabie like to do?

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Serabie even climbs up a seemingly fragile tree to claim the precious twig.

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(a) vulnerably delicate, as in appearance


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  • sallyMonday, August 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    i wish we could actually get to pet lions
    • thewolf
      thewolfMonday, August 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm
      ULTRA Epic Awesomely cool maybe To Cool To Be Cool💖
      • thewolf
        thewolfMonday, August 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm
        Ultra Epic awesomely cool maybe to cool to be cool
        • thewolf
          thewolfSunday, August 12, 2018 at 6:06 pm
          ultra cool
          • NathanTuesday, August 7, 2018 at 12:27 pm
            Sooo cool
            • EvaTuesday, July 31, 2018 at 6:03 pm
              🎉I love Iions .☺ Thanks for showing that video🐣💸🎈
              • DragonWednesday, July 11, 2018 at 1:51 pm
                • spykitten
                  spykittenSaturday, June 23, 2018 at 4:44 pm
                  When did lions start playing fetch? That's so cool!
                  • Cool GuyTuesday, June 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm
                    that was so cool how the lion climbed the tree to find the stick.
                    • lupdog
                      lupdogThursday, June 7, 2018 at 8:27 am
                      since when do lions play fetch Wow! What a playful lion! That was so adorable!