Lifelong Friendship: Rescued Lion, Tiger, And Bear Remained Best Friends For Over 15 Years!
These friends are not just characters from fairy tales; they are real-life friends who have endured numerous challenges together. Nothing can break their bond, as they have stood by each other for 15 years!
This is the tale of Leo, an African lion, Shere Khan, a Bengal tiger, and Baloo, a black bear. In 2001, these three animals were rescued from the basement of a drug dealer in Atlanta, Georgia. Each one of them was in dire need of help. They were subjected to a life of servitude, abuse, and entertainment. Baloo was found with a tight belt that had cut into his skin, Leo had a wound on his face and was confined to a small cage, and Shere Khan suffered from severe malnourishment.
Fortunately, these three animals were rescued by Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia. Noah’s Ark serves as a sanctuary for abused, unwanted, and abandoned animals across a vast 250-acre area. As a non-profit organization, their mission is to provide animals with unconditional love, care, a promising future, and hope. With over 1500 animals representing more than 100 different species, the sanctuary faces significant expenses, including a monthly feeding cost of $33,000.
Due to their unfamiliarity with the wild, it is highly unlikely for these rescued animals to survive on their own. As a result, they receive abundant care and attention from the dedicated staff at the sanctuary.
Initially, the staff anticipated that as these animals matured, they would eventually need to be separated. However, as time went on, that day never arrived. They have remained inseparable, offering comfort, companionship, and a sense of security to each other. These fluffy friends constantly find solace and happiness in one another’s presence, defying the expectations of the staff.
I’m sorry to hear about Leo’s passing in 2016. It’s also unfortunate that Shere Khan followed Leo to the Rainbow Bridge in 2018.
In light of these losses, the staff at the sanctuary provided consolation and support to Baloo. Throughout his time at the sanctuary, Baloo was rarely separated from his friends, except during surgery to remove his harness. Recognizing his need for companionship, the staff ensures that Baloo is never left alone. They shower him with constant attention and an abundance of love, striving to make him feel cherished and cared for.
Indeed, after their rescue, these three friends were able to experience a great time together. Their lives at the sanctuary were filled with love, care, and companionship.
It is heartening to see the dedication of the staff in keeping these bonded friends together, allowing them to live out their lives in each other’s company. This story serves as a powerful reminder for us humans, as we can learn valuable lessons from the acceptance and unity displayed by these three different species.
Though Leo and Shere Khan may no longer be with us, it is comforting to imagine that they continue to watch over and bless Baloo from the realms above. Their spirits and the memories they created together will forever remain an important part of their journey.