I hope the folks @noahsarkclub won’t mind me sharing this story.
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 drug raid in Atlanta, Georgia, the three friends were only cubs at the time at barely two months old.
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.
‘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 350 lbs lion, 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.’
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.’
Finally, all my coffee drinking has come to fruition….
The Summer 11 editions of KidAround are OUT NOW!
To read the North Essex edition click here.
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The magazine includes diary dates, great days out, schools out, childcare providers, parties, wellbeing, birth & beyond, tutors, book reviews, competitions, local news, theatre listings, baby clinics and much more!
I hope you enjoy it x
This Father’s Day, Sunday 19th June, buy your dad a gift that he’ll be proud to wear.
If you are anything like me then you’ll soon be scratching your head while trying to think of an innovative Father’s Day gift – before settling on either a book voucher or a nice bottle of red – again!
This year, you get to feel good about your gift as Selection Branded Clothing is introducing a stylish range of exclusive Help for Heroes Underwear this June in time for Father’s Day all featuring a distinctive ‘Help for Heroes’ waistband. Not only does the underwear look good, but additionally, by buying the underwear, you are supporting a fantastic cause. The launch will be fronted by “The Quest to Sell a Million” campaign with a target of raising at least £1.5 million in the first 12 months.
Help for Heroes Underwear will become the must wear item of the year!
See more about Help For Heroes here.
Incidentally, this is not a sponsored post – just a good cause
Checks @ mentions.
Remembers has a shed load of editing to do today.
Sends tweet: ‘need to go now as have work to do’.
Checks @ mentions.
Replies to @ mentions.
Remembers again about having work to do.
Makes cup of tea.
Condsiders making toast.
Picks up 4 rich tea biscuits instead.
Picks up tea, biscuits and phone in left hand, laptop in right hand and heads towards lounge.
Knocks elbow against door spilling very hot tea over hand and floor.
Glances at iMac and considers tweeting that has spilt tea by being too lazy to make two trips.
Cleans up spilt tea.
Sits on sofa, arranges tea, phone and rich tea biscuits. Switches on laptap.
Laptop is out of battery.
Fetches charger, leans over back of sofa to plug it in.
Spies a lone mini egg behind sofa.
Considers eating mini egg.
Remembers strange noise coming from under sofa the other night and considers possibility of mini egg being covered in frog, mouse or alien wee.
Considers tweeting the discovery of the mini egg.
Puts mini egg in bin.
Sits back down.
Switches on laptop.
Opens internet explorer.
Signs into twitter.
Remembers that moved from iMac to laptop in order to get some work done.
Closes internet explorer.
Realises that now thinks in tweet style format and has idea for this post.
Wonders if will ever be capable of normal thought again?!
Please ignore post. Purely to verify technorati claim.
I have been tagged by @kateab to answer the 10 question meme that is dun dun dun….
Or, as Kate dubbed it – The Spanish Inquisition!
1. Which (in)famous person (alive or dead) would you like to take out to dinner, where would you go and what would you like to talk about?
Robert Webb. I’d like to go to a bar in Brighton called something like Etsa/Esca in Preston Street. Hmm just looked it up and it seems to now be called Oxygen Red so I’m not sure if it has the same atmos as the old place, assuming it does though we would go there. And we would talk about whatever he liked! Fingers crossed David Mitchell would swing by, swiftly followed by Russell Howard, Ed Bryne, Dara O’Brien and Punt & Denis!
2. What is the best gift someone could give you (tangible please)?
A house. …oh right, back in the real world huh.
3. Where in the world would you most like to live?
Being a contrary Mary:
I would like to live in NYC.
I would like to live somewhere peaceful and rural but within walking distance of a town.
I would like to live in Portugal.
I would like to live somewhere that is cool (but not cold) all year.
I do like living where I live now, I just hope they don’t develop it much more as it is starting to spoil it.
4. What do you most enjoy cooking?
I love cooking things I haven’t cooked before, I like the excitement of it. I find that it is only ever the first time that I follow the recipe carefully, after that I get complacent and the results vary! I can make a very good lasagne though.
5. What is your favourite novel?
The Five People You Meet In Heaven – I bought it in a NYC book shop purely because I liked the rough uncut feel of the way they finish their books over there. I didn’t expect much from it, it is a small book and it isn’t the type of thing I usually pick up. It tore through my soul.
6. You have your own personal Tardis, where do you go first?
I’m going to waste this answer. I would go back to a nightclub in 1995 where my ex husband asks me to dance and I would say “no, not if you were the last man on earth, now sod off you poor pathetic excuse for a human being” and then, just to be sure, I would stab him, and possibly arrange for cattle to stampede on him, and then I would hop back in the tardis and feed him to a dinosaur – a proper bitey one not one of those ones with silly little arms who must have been very frustrated.
7. How old is the inner you?
26, unlike the outer me which is 408
8. Theatre or Cinema?
I love seeing live comedy
9. Would you be famous, with all that means?
Some days yes, I’d embrace it and I would sparkle and shine. I’d enjoy parties and I would relish in mixing with the beautiful people.
Other days no, sod off and leave me alone.
10. You are able to learn anything at all, a skill, a language, whatever, what would it be and why?
The art of public speaking without blushing like I have just contracted a contagious and potentially deadly disease
I am very indecisive, sometimes, and looking back over these I can see a million (and prone to exaggeration) different answers that I could have given and that would be just as valid.
Yay I am done.
So, to tag some others to face the spanish inquisition……
Firstly, of course, as she is lovely ;o) @TheJellyMonster
Over to you, you lovely bunch of people!