German photographer Julia Marie Werner, who is also a big fan of “The Lion King” came up with this photo project called “Big City Lion”, that involved a lion’s mane and her pet dog Tschikko Leopold von Werner.
Their friendship started when the photographer found Tschikko in Spain, hunting for food in her garbage. “He already looked like Simba to me,” said Julia. “In the beginning, he was very insecure. Someone who knows a lot about dogs told me the best thing is “working“ with him and teaching him some tricks.”
“In the beginning he was very insecure,” said Julia. “Someone who knows a lot about dogs told me the best thing is “working“ with him and teaching him some tricks. He loves jumping on things and using the mane. The picture are both a game and teamwork between us.”
Julia believes that Tschikko was left to fend for himself after being thrown from a car in Spain. He’s come a long way since then, not just emotionally but also geographically, as after deciding to adopt him Julia brought Tschikko back to live with her in Germany.
“Everybody takes pictures of him,” said Julia. “Little kids often ask me if he is a real lion!”