Three best friends

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Three best friends

Baloo, an American black bear, Shere Khan, a Bengal tiger, and Leo the African lion, are known as "The BLT" at Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia, USA. 

They arrived back in 2001 after they were discovered by police officers in a basement of an Atlanta home during a drug raid, according to the sanctuary's website. 

Only three months old, all three cubs were frightened, malnourished, and infected with internal and external parasites.

Shere Khan was underweight and malnourished, but Baloo was in the worst condition. According to the website, he had "a severely ingrown harness digging 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 and around it, and surgical intervention was required to remove the harness and clean his deep, infected wounds.” When Baloo had his surgery was the only time the trio have been separated, and the other two became incredibly agitated during that period. 

It is said they are completely inseparable and rarely fight - their trauma so early in life seemingly bonding them forever. They frequently display great affection to each other, grooming and licking one another, as well as sleeping and playing together. Baloo has grown to be a relaxed and confident bear, the sanctuary says, whereas Shere Khan is the most mischievous, often pouncing on his friends - but always seeking affection. Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary is home to over 1,500 creatures, both exotic and farm animals.


Sourced and adapted from article in MailOnline, UK. 


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