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17 unlikely animal friendships

By: Laura Moss on July 1, 2011, 9:37 a.m.
Lion, tiger and bear

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Lion, tiger and bear, oh my!

Leo the lion, Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear were found together as cubs during a police raid of a drug baron’s home in Atlanta. When the young trio moved to Noah’s Ark rescue center in Locust Grove, Georgia, zookeepers decided to keep them together, where they lived and played in their very own habitat. Visitors watched the 1,000-pound bear, 350-pound lion and 350-pound tiger cuddle, lounge and wrestle together, and zoo cofounder Jama Hedgecoth says the animals are oblivious to the fact that they aren’t natural companions. After more than 15 years with his pals, an extremely sick Leo had to say goodbye after surgery showed his liver was full of tumors.