Hamzah and Hassan Hussain, from Karachi in Pakistan, welcomed Simba into their home when he was just two weeks old.
They took him in after his mother stopped feeding him, and not only do they share a house with the fearsome creature – the pair take him out for rides in their car.
If they park up to go and get drinks, it’s not likely that they would need to put the car alarm on.
On the downside, there is no commercially-available litter tray on the market big enough to contain the output of a 26-month-old lion.
Additionally, male big cats – like their domestic cousins – tend to spray their urine and they have a powerful musky odour.
This is instinctive “marking” behaviour that the animals can’t really be trained out of.
Hamzah and Hassan’s house will probably have quite a strong whiff to it.
Several online commenters have pointed out that it is not only unwise to try to keep such a powerful wild animal in a house, it’s also rather cruel.
A lion needs ample opportunity to roam and express its wild nature.
Even while playing, a lion’s huge size and strength can make them a significant threat.
Amazingly, lions and tigers can be purchased as pets in some states in the US.
A law was passed in 2004 to restrict the trade, but it still carries on.
Experts estimate that there are thousands of tigers kept in private homes and other facilities in the U.S., possibly more than the number of tigers still left in the wild.