Lion and Tiger and Bear: The Most Unlikely of Best Friends
Best story of the week hands down is this one, which tells the tale of three of the most unlikely creatures to ever become true Bro best friends. Meet Shere Khan the tiger, Leo the lion, and Baloo the bear, who all live together in a specially built enclosure at Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue Centre, in Georgia. Normally such animals would never be found in the same habitat, and as predators, they would of course be mortal enemies. Not these three.
The “Jungle Book”-named animals were brought together as cubs by Atlanta drug barons keeping them as status symbols. When they were freed, they were brought together to the animal sanctuary, where the zoologists decided to keep them together. “We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,” says Diane Smith, assistant director of Noah’s Ark. Now more than eight years old, the animals are best friends.
“Baloo and Shere Khan are very close,” says Smith. “That is because they rise early, and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day sleeping. It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat. When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.”
[via The Awl] “