A Baby Lion, Monkey, And Warthog Visited BuzzFeed

Wildlife conservationist and large predator expert Dave Salmoni, host of Frontier Earth on Animal Planet, recently stopped by the BuzzFeed office with three of his baby animal buddies. As you can imagine, we were pretty excited about having a real-life version of The Lion King in our office!

1. This is Dave, who introduced us to all the animals.

2. First off was Vinny the warthog.

3. He was just a baby, so he took bottle breaks.

4. He spent several minutes just scampering around the office.

5. Vinny was very playful and enjoyed headbutting his handler.

6. Here he is in action!

7. Next up was Chaka the mandrill.

8. Chaka’s habits include grooming…

9. …and eating marshmallows.

10. Seriously, this monkey loves marshmallows.

11. He also enjoys perching on shoulders, like so.

12. And then the moment we were all waiting for!

13. Dave brought out Tyson, the 5-week-old lion cub.

14. He was absurdly cute.

15. Seriously, just look at how freakin’ adorable he was:

16. What’s not to love?

17. Big paws? Check.

18. Friendly attitude? Check.

19. Incredibly cute face? Check and check.

21. I guess the lion cub was pretty cute too.

22. We all listened while Dave talked about the importance of conservation.


24. There might not be anything cuter than a lion cub chewing on a cute man’s fingers.


29. Oh, you want video of the tiny adorable lion cub snuggling? Here you go!

All photos by Macey J. Foronda.

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