Baloo the American Bear, Shere Khan the BengalTiger and Leo the African Lion were a very famous trio that lived like brothers in the Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia. The group was known as BLT and gained popularity due to their unlikely bromance as all three of these creatures are predators. However, in a heartbreaking turn of events, Leo the lion passed away. Inoperable tumors were found in his liver and doctors had to take the heartbreaking decision of letting him cross over to the other side.
During his illness, prior to his death, Leo’s was kept in a cage close to his brothers Shere Khan and Baloo so that the trio would have a chance of being close to each other. It was during this time that the tiger and the bear got the opportunity to say goodbye to their brother the Lion during his last few days.
LEO (July 2001-August 2016)
On August 11th we said goodbye to our beloved Leo, the 15-year-old lion in our “BLT” trio. Leo hadn’t been himself the…
The trio were first discovered in 2001 when they were cubs. They were being held in a drug dealer’s cage in Atlanta where in deplorable conditions. The circumstance under which they were found was also nothing less than heart-wrenching. They were frightened, ill and malnourished during the time of their discovery and were snuggled close to each other for support and comfort.
After their rescue, they became best friends and grew up as brothers and partners in crime. And they continued to be inseparable from each other even sharing an enclosure for the past 15 years.
Leo’s Celebration of Life Event
A wonderful time was had by all as we came together on August 27th to remember Leo, "the Lion of Noah's Ark".
According to the Mother Nature Network, Shere Khan was the prankster amongst the three. But the tri never got into fights. Leo was known to be a loving lion and a dedicated brother.
During his last few days, he was extremely fatigued and refused to eat at all. He also had a lot of other symptoms of illness. This led the doctors to perform an exploratory surgery on him. It was during this time that a lot of inoperable tumors were discovered.
“Animals are so perceptive and with the incredible bond the BLT had since being rescued together from a drug dealer’s basement in 2001, it is highly likely that Baloo and Shere Khan knew their lion brother was terminally ill long before Leo began displaying outward symptoms” explained the representatives of the Noah’s Ark sanctuary on Facebook.
Ever since the death of Leo, Baloo and Shere Khan have been closely monitored for signs of stress-related complications. However, they have been reported to be doing quite well.
Leo’s grave has been marked with a special Lion statue.
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