BLT at Noah’s ARK

Interesting Things from Smiley CentralFrom another e-mail received, this one is about a Bear, Lion and a Tiger. They are affectionately known as “BLT” and housed at the Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Georgia.

This is Leo the African Lion, Baloo the Black Bear, and Shere Khan the Bengal Tiger.

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The threesome were rescued as babies from the basement of an Atlanta drug dealer’s home when it was raided by authorities.

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They were starving, traumatized and had bacterial infections.

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Since then, they were brought to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

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… where they’ve lived in the same habitat together for 13 years.

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The only time the three were separated was when Baloo was sent to surgery. [While at the drug dealer’s home, Baloo had been mistreated so profoundly that the harness that was put on him had grown into his skin.]

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The two cats were distraught and cried for the bear’s return when he was at the vet’s. Since then no one has separated the group.

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They clearly bonded during their earliest memories and never wanted to be apart.

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Now they live together as if they were brothers of the same species.

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They play together, nuzzle one another and are extremely affectionate.

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The threesome are the only lion, tiger and bear living together in the world.

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They’re just that exceptional.

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Humans could really learn from the bond that these three have.

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No one ever told them they couldn’t love one another, so they did just that.

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And now, even all these years later, they continue to do so.

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The trio are affectionately referred to as BLT, standing for bear, lion, and tiger. They might just be the most adorable sandwich ever!

That is the end of the e-mail I received. Their behavior reminds us that when the Lord returns, sets up His kingdom on earth and Isaiah is fulfilled:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV)

Here are two videos found on the internet about them.

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Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Georgia

9 thoughts on “BLT at Noah’s ARK

  1. This is remarkable and comforting, Lee! And your pertinent reference to Isaiah chapter 11 is perfect (or should I say “purr-fect”). What an amazing report of 3 rescued critters! All because someone was kind enough to rescue them. This happy ending reminds me of Romans chapter 8, which informs us that all of creation now “groans” — as it waits to be rescued by its Maker and rightful Owner, our Lord Jesus Christ: “Because the creation itself also shall be delivered [i.e., rescued, salvaged, restored] from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God; for we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now…” (Romans 8:21-22).

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  2. Truth is, sometimes, stranger than fiction — this is an oasis of goodness in a fallen world that all-too-often displays the bankruptcy of life without the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for making and managing the wonderful website, Lee.

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