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Last Updated: Friday January 12 2007 14:11 GMT

Rescued lion gives kiss of thanks

Ana Julia Torres kissing Jupiter the African lion

Most people like cuddling their pets, but would you fancy getting up close and personal with a fully grown lion?

Jupiter, an African lion, was saved from a travelling circus six years ago and he's thanked his rescuer by giving her a big hug and kiss on the lips!

Ana Julia Torres said she had formed a special bond with Jupiter while nursing him back to health at her animal shelter in Columbia, America.

"This hug is the most sincere one I have received in my life," she said.

"It is amazing to see an animal like that be so sweet and affectionate."

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