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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:44 pm » by The57ironman


The 3 Amigos.... :mrgreen:

They make an unlikely trio but Baloo the bear, Leo

the lion and Shere Khan the tiger have forged an unusually

strong bond.Considering that they would be mortal enemies if

they ever were to meet in the wild, it is stunning to see their

unique and genuine friendship in these intimate

pictures.Rescued eight years ago during a police drugs raid in

Atlanta, Georgia , the three friends were only cubs at the time at

barely two months old.


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They had been kept as status symbol pets by the drug barons.
Delivered to the Noah's Ark Animal Rescue Centre in Locust

Grove, Georgia , the decision was made to keep the youngsters

together, because of their budding rapport.
'We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind

of family, the zoo decided to keep them together,' said Diane

Smith, assistant director of Noah's Ark.'To our knowledge, this is

the only place where you'll find this combination of animals

together.' Living with the zoo's founders for the past eight years,

Shere Khan, Baloo and Leo have now moved to a purpose-built

habitat where the US public can now witness first hand their

touching relationships.

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'We didn't have the money to move them at first,' said Diane.
'Now their habitat is sorted and they have been moved away

from the children's zoo areas where the public couldn't really get

a good look. 'It is possible to see Baloo, who is a 1000lb bear,

Shere Khan, a 350lb tiger and Leo, who is also 350lbs, messing

around like brothers.

'They are totally oblivious to the fact that in any other

circumstance they would not be friends.'
Handled by Charles and Jama Hedgecoth, the zoo's owners and

founders, the three friendly giants appear to have no

comprehension of their animal differences.'Baloo and Shere

Khan are very close,' says Diane.'That is because they rise early,

and as Leo is a lion, he likes to spend most of the day

sleeping.'It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American

Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal and then to see the tiger

nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat.'When Leo wakes up

the three of them mess around for most of the day before they

settle down to some food.'

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Surprisingly for three apex predators with the power to kill with

a single bite or swipe of their paw, they are very relaxed around

each other.'They eat, sleep and play together,' said Jama.'As

they treat each other as siblings they will lie on top of each

other for heat and simply for affection.
'At the moment they are getting used to their new habitat.
'Shere Khan is being quite reticent about the move, but Baloo,

the bear, is very good at leading him on and making him feel

comfortable and safe.'Explaining that the three 'brothers' have

always seemed to share a unique bond, Charles said: 'Noah's Ark

is their home and they could not possibly be separated from

each other.'You just have to remember who you're dealing with

when you are with them, though.
'It's when you forget that these fellows are wild animals that you

get yourself in trouble.'
The trio's new habitat had to be constructed carefully, in order

to accommodate its occupants.Jama said: 'The clubhouse had

to be very sturdy for the guys, because they all sleep in it

together,'She added: 'We had to include a creek, because the

tiger and the bear both like to be in water.'


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And how are YOU getting along with YOUR neighbors today....? :mrgreen:
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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:45 pm » by Richc


Brilliant. :flop:

Even animals show humans how to live together.

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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:46 pm » by Tuor10


That is just fantastic. What a site.

Thanks for sharing that my friend.

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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:46 pm » by Poooooot


Aww, that warms my heart. I love interspecies friendships.
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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:48 pm » by TheDuck


Truly awesome man, saved, thanks.
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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:48 pm » by Tuor10


richc wrote:Brilliant. :flop:

Even animals show humans how to live together.

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Very true my friend.

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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 7:53 pm » by The57ironman


edited.......great stuff
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PostFri Sep 23, 2011 8:16 pm » by Thruster


Really, really nice story.

Thanks Ironman!

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PostSat Sep 24, 2011 3:33 am » by The57ironman


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PostSat Sep 24, 2011 3:52 am » by kentrb


thanks for that 57.very cool.the cub in your vid,just priceless,lol
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