It’s safe to say you wouldn’t expect to see these three guys happily cohabitating every day!
Sloth lovers, say hi to Baloo, a North American Black Bear, Leo an African Lion and Shere khan a Bengal Tiger. All three were amazingly discovered in an Atlanta home’s basement by police officers during a drug raid in 2001.
Each of these beautiful animals were only a few months old when they were discovered and all three cubs were frightened, malnourished and infected with internal and external parasites and other injuries as a result of their mistreatment.
They were brought to Noah’s Ark, a non-profit Animal Sanctuary located in Locust Grove, GA USA where they have since received unconditional love .
Shere Khan the young tiger cub was underweight and malnourished when he first arrived but with the treatment of his parasites and a healthy diet, he began to regain his cub like energy and appetite, as well as increase in weight.
Leo the Lion wasn’t as underweight as Shere Khan, but he had an open and infected wound on his nose from being cruelly confined in a small cage. With room to stretch his growing legs and veterinary care, his nose healed although he still has a scar.
Baloo was in the worst condition of all, due to a severely ingrown harness which had dug into his flesh because it was never loosened as he grew in size.
The harness was so ingrown that his flesh had begun to grow over it, and surgical intervention was required to remove the harness and clean out his deep, infected wounds.
It was the only time the three brothers have ever been separated from one another during the time that the young bear had his surgery. Shere Khan and Leo became extremely agitated because of it, pacing and vocalizing for the lost member of their family of three to return.
After his surgery, Baloo was returned to his brothers and the three have been together ever since, with hardly a quarrel between them.
They eat, sleep and play together and even seek out grooming from one another, head rubbing and licking one another. It seems that their terrifying early months in life bonded the three together and they are truly inseparable.
Bear, Lion and Tiger saved from drug dealers
How beautiful are these guys and what an amazing recovery they have made with the help of (loving) humans? Take a second to share this inspiring story of recovery with your friends
Originally posted 2014-05-13 15:18:01.