The caption says she found it wounded and almost dead in the jungle, nursed it back to health, and then called a zoo to give it a new home, so it's not as if they were total strangers to each other. Very Androcles and the Lion. But it's still relying a lot on a lion's memory and sense of gratitude, tho apparently the reliance held. Good for her for doing it, good for the lion for remembering and figuring out what was going on.
It's not like they're total strangers to each other?
Let's ask Roy Horn, of Siegfried and Roy, about knowing an animal well.
Mr. Horn, could you please roll your wheelchair up to the mike to tell us of your experience in which a tiger you hand raised (never mind your decades long experience with big cats) grabbed you by the throat causing massive blood loss, stroke and paralysis?
Good for her for doing it?
That is one stupid, stupid woman.