Lion dies in BLT lion, tiger and bear ‘brothers’ living in a Georgia animal shelter:Noah’s Ark

Georgia,Sept7:Brought up together as brothers in a sanctuary, the trio of BLT (Bear, Lion and Tiger) recently lost one its members, Leo the lion.

The sad news was shared on the Facebook page of Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, where the BLT lived and became famous.

Baloo the bear had to have surgery to remove a harness that had become ingrown into his skin while the cubs were trapped in the Atlanta basement 

The post said Leo’s health had been deteriorating since this summer. During an exploratory surgery, doctors discovered “over 80 per cent of Leo’s liver was full of inoperable masses”.

“Because of this, the heart wrenching decision was made to let him go,” read the post on Noah’s Ark official page.

Leo the lion. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

Leo, along with Baloo and Shere Khan, was rescued as cubs during a police drug raid in 2001.

Frightened, malnourished and sick, the three cubs were then brought to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia’s Locust Grove in the US.

Here, for the last 15 years, the three grew up as brothers and partners-in-crime. They also became quite famous for their unusual friendship.

Leo with Baloo and Shere Khan. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

The post says Baloo and Shere Khan “were able say goodbye to Leo” before he was let go.

They were also seen visiting Leo’s grave, which lies in the clubhouse where the three brothers days playing and lounging around.

“It is highly likely that Baloo and Shere Khan knew their lion brother was terminally ill long before Leo began displaying outward symptoms,” the Noah’s Ark officials explained on Facebook.

Leo’s grave has been marked with a special lion statue.

Baloo and Shere Khan visit their brother Leo’s grave. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook


The sanctuary, based in Georgia’s Locust Grove in the Us, later held a beautiful ‘celebration of life’ ceremony in Leo’s honour, where visitors where allowed to come in and bid him farewell.

Here are some of the pictures from the ceremony:

Leo’s ‘celebration of life’ ceremony. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

Leo’s ‘celebration of life’ ceremony. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

Leo’s ‘celebration of life’ ceremony. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

So long, Leo. You will be missed.

Leo with Baloo and Shere Khan. Source: Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary/ Facebook

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