Leo: an African Lion, Baloo: an American Bear and Shere Khan: a Bengal Tiger, are perhaps the only combination of bear, tiger and lion that share the same space. Their co-living came into light when police raided a basement. They discovered all the cubs who were a few months old and were in a terrible state due to infections and malnourishment.
The police officers then shifted all three cubs to Noah’s Ark, a sanctuary for animals in Locust Grove, Georgia. It is a non-profit organization spread over 250 acres and has over 1,500 animals ranging from over 100 species. It is a home for animals that are injured, abused, neglected or animals that are in need of care. This transfer was done by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. All the three animals were in a bad state. Shere Khan weighed less, Leo was injured due to the captivity and Baloo had a harness deep inside his flesh which was inside Baloo’s side ever since it was a kid and as it grew, it grew deeper into the flesh.
The condition of Baloo was terrible as the flesh had started growing all over and above it. He required a surgical procedure for the harness to be removed and this resulted in deep wounds which had to be cleaned with much care. All the three cubs have lived together at all times and when Baloo underwent a surgery, it was the first time that Baloo was away from the other two cubs.