Gizmo, I would also love to hold a lion cub. But, with all due respect, that is not the best thing for the lion cub. Many of the rescues at Big Cat Sanctuary come from private owners or places that let people play with, hold, take pictures with baby lions, tigers, bobcats, etc. What we aren't told is that many of these babies are declawed and defanged so they can't hurt anyone. Many of them are not properly cared for and end up with problems due to incorrect diet or they just get too big or too dangerous and end up discarded; there are not a lot of true sanctuaries on this continent to take them all in. When we participate in activities that demean and devalue the life of any wild animal we are perpetuating the "business" of the wild animal trade.
Once again, I say this with respect.