Lions and Tigers and Bears, FUCK YEAH!
This majestical trio are Leo (the lion), Baloo (the bear), and Shere Khan (the tiger).
Leo, Baloo, and Shere Khan (collectively referred to as BLT, which is fucking awesome, but I digress) were bought together as cubs by a presumably wealthy drug dealer. As you could assume, this drug dealer was very neglectful of the poor cubs.
The neglectful treatment of these creatures was discovered and they were taken in by the Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia. Here, they were rehabilitated and cured of their many injuries. However, Baloo required a little more work.
Baloo was perhaps in the worst shape when he arrived in Georgia, as he had a harness put on him by his former owner that was never adjusted as he grew, leaving it to morph into his skin. This harness had to be surgically removed, but the surgery was a huge success and he feels great now!
The staff at the sanctuary separated BLT when they arrived, logically assuming that these three, large predatory animals would try and fight each other. However, the animals did not take kindly to being separated. Turns out that during their time of neglect they had come to rely on each other for comfort and support. So when they were separated they became irritable and uncooperative.
So the staff decided to put them all together again, making sure to watch their behavior because they were sure nothing good would come of it. But these three friends proved them wrong and had a considerably improved demeanor and lived peacefully together.
The trio had been together for twelve years, spending most of their days playing, cuddling, and just being adorable as fuck. But then the government had to come in and fuck things up as usual. New federal regulations were passed which required big cat enclosures to have 16 foot fences, but BLT's enclosure only had an 8 foot fence. If these new regulations weren't met, the trio would have to be split up after 12 years.
I don't think the government is evil for doing this (there's plenty of other things they do to make themselves evil :P)! I 100% understand the necessity for the new regulations. I was just trying to make a joke (being sorta tounge-in-cheek) 😛 I appoligize for any confusion.
So as you could imagine, increasing the height of the fences for an entire enclosure is quite expensive. The sanctuary was told that the total cost to replace the fence would be a whopping $489,000. So as you could also imagine, this would not be affordable for a non-profit animal sanctuary. But, contrary to popular belief, there are still good people out there. Thanks to crowdfunding, the sanctuary was able to raise $362,269. The fence installment company even said they would discount the price to put up the new fence!
The sanctuary was able to have the fence installed and BLT are still together! And by the looks of it, they'll get to live out the rest of their lives with their best friends at their side.
Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary houses over 1,200 animals representing over 100 species. All of these animals have been surrendered by former owners or rescued by the Department of Natural Resources. The animals range from domesticated farm animals such as sheep and geese, to exotic animals, such as BLT. Admission to the sanctuary is free, and they rely solely on contributions to provide food, medical care, and enrichment to save animals in need. So donate and help them out!
To donate go to: http://www.noahs-ark.org
Source and more info: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/lion-and-tiger-and-bear-oh-my
It has been brought to my attention (thanks @gamegeekrob) that Noah's Ark is currently doing a fundraiser to put in a new Nutrition Center to feed the animals! So far they've raised about $6,000 out of their $450,000 goal. So they still have a long way to go. But YOU can help! Just go to this website: http://www.crowdrise.com/ourchristmaswish/fundraiser/
And make whatever donation you can afford. Do it for BLT. Do it for the animals. DO IT FOR LOVE!
Read more: http://imgur.com/gallery/6GeDx