Unlike cats, dogs, and other domesticated animals, untamed animals will never be happy in captivity, regardless of the setting. That’s why real animal lovers leave wild animals in their natural habitats. Sadly, many people still think they can keep wild animals as pets.Vicky Keahey, the founder of In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center, is a devoted animal lover, that dedicates her life to fighting precisely this phenomenon.
The life of Lambert, an African lion, started in captivity. He was illegally purchased by a family as a pet for their kids after they fell in love with Simba, of The Lion King. Fast forward a few days, the family started to realize what it actually took to raise a wild lion and contacted In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue. Upon the lion’s surrender, Keahey learned that he was sleeping in the same bed with the family’s grandfather. Keahey figured that buying the cub a blanket would smooth his transition to the rescue center.
She was right. As soon as they introduced the frightened baby cub to his new home, he went straight to the blanked, rolled himself up like a burrito, and went to sleep.
Now, a couple of years later, the captive-bred lion is still under the loving care of Keahey, as he could never survive in the wild on his own. He enjoys his life in his 7,000 square feet territory, that offers him all the necessities the king of the animal kingdom could ever need.
It has both shaded and sunny areas, with a grassy area and a pool. The incredible feline even taught himself how to skateboard in his spare time!
Despite being a fully grown 2-year-old lion, Lambert still can’t sleep without his blanky, And Keahey caringly brings him fresh new ones occasionally.
The video below proves that even though Lambert looks tough on the outside, he’s actually nothing more than an adorable furbaby:
Don’t miss the video outlining Lambert’s incredible story here:
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