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Bear, lion and tiger ('the BLT') are unexpected best friends

Bear-Lion-Tiger Friendship Surprises Sanctuary Visitors

A very unusual trio has formed at an animal sanctuary in Georgia. Here's how Baloo the bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger met.

"13 years ago, the trio of cubs was found in an Atlanta drug dealer's basement." The cubs were found in terrible condition, but shared a special connection. "They nuzzle each other, they play together."

They were brought to Noah's Ark, a nonprofit sanctuary for abused animals, in 2001. Now, Noah's Ark is home to the BLT: BLT as in Bear-Lion-Tiger, of course.

Noah's Ark notes that the BLT is the only bear-lion-tiger trio in the entire world that lives together in the same enclosure -- and it's probably because the animals are from different parts of the globe.

Baloo the bear is reportedly native to North America, Leo the lion to Africa, and Shere Khan the tiger to Asia.

Baloo, Leo and Shere Kahn's Facebook page says they just can't get enough of one another. It calls their friendship, "The most amazing relationship you will ever see between three very large predators in your lifetime."

Emphasis on the very large. Shere Khan is 400 pounds, Leo is 500 pounds, and Baloo the bear weighs in at 700 pounds.

The three "brothers" seem to do everything together, even killing cardboard giraffes.

"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," Noah's Ark explained. The trio has only been separated once, when Baloo needed surgery. While he was away, Leo and Shere Khan were reportedly extremely agitated.

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genemelnyk May 27 2014 at 5:43 AM


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josephyannuzzi May 27 2014 at 5:40 AM

The beauty of animals! Awesome!

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novaheston josephyannuzzi May 27 2014 at 5:48 AM

In the vastness of the universe,
these animals exemplify the absolute wonderment,
and the precious gift, of Life.

Glad to be aboard with you all on the Journey.

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Dr. Cal Harris novaheston May 27 2014 at 10:00 PM

Yeah, right on man.......... deep, getting flashbacks from my hippie days in the 60s

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pboucard50 May 27 2014 at 6:25 AM

Once again, animals showing us how it should be.

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ohjanet20 May 27 2014 at 6:10 AM

Lion and Tiger and Bear, oh my!

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BlaqNtelligence May 27 2014 at 6:33 AM

I would like to know what that dumb@$$ drug dealer thought he would do with them once they matured...In Atlanta, no less.
Were they supposed to be some "exotic" security detail?
Was he going to teach them to sell drugs?
Doesn't seem like a very well thought out plan...
But then again, neither is drug dealing.

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Gina May 27 2014 at 10:07 AM

I'm so glad these guys have a great home and are together forever. It's too bad that all humans can't behave like these three animals. They're more civil towards each other than some people!

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josephcharlesfa May 27 2014 at 8:45 AM

Aside from their horrible start in life, this is a beautiful story!

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grmrgo josephcharlesfa May 28 2014 at 9:14 AM

they are bonding because they cant stand the constant human presence.

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EfinTwistedT May 27 2014 at 5:49 AM

aminals have feelers too peepholes. o.O

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traysteph23 EfinTwistedT May 27 2014 at 9:03 AM

I don't understand what you are saying.

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merstockgto traysteph23 May 27 2014 at 12:38 PM

Neither does he.

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FRANCINE May 27 2014 at 6:53 AM

Sounds like the beginning of a joke ... "There was a lion, a tiger, and a bear ....

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jvt1984 May 27 2014 at 5:46 AM

Good article here. I wonder, though, if they have been exposed to other such animals and would be so friendly. Is it because they were raised together and the other two are all they know? These are not animals who would attack each other in the wild.

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