All wild animals should roam freely and not be kept captive in tiny enclosures.
But unfortunately, we’re far from this scenario, as countless animals are forced to live miserable life far away from their natural habitats.
Fortunately, many of these animals are being rescued just in time, thanks to some kind, caring, animal lovers.
One of these kind-hearted people is Vicky Keahey – founder of the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center.
And one of the countless animals Vicky and her devoted team rescued over the years is Lambert, a lovely majestic lion.
When his rescuers found him in 2014, Lambert was in terrible condition. Due to starvation, the poor little soul was more like a weak puppy than a strong lion, as he should have been.
The lion cub was illegally bought by a heartless man who kept him as a pet, and then he decided he didn’t want the wild animal anymore.
According to Angela Culver, director of communications at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue, “the previous owners got him illegally as a pet for their young children.”
After a short while, the family decided they could no longer maintain him, and we were called to see if we could take him. Of course, we were glad to.
When he arrived at the rescue center, Lambert was confused and scared, but he soon won everyone’s hearts with his routine. Apparently, the lion cub found comfort in a blanket and could not sleep without it.
“We had heard from the previous owners that he slept in the bed with the grandfather,” Vicky told The Dodo. “So I got him a blanket, went into the enclosure, and put the blanket in one of the corners.
He curled up on that blanket, and he went right to sleep. Ever since then, I always give him a blanket.”
Thanks to the rescue team’s efforts, Lambert has fully recovered, and now he’s unrecognizable. But despite getting back on track, the now adult lion still lives at the center as he would not survive in the wild. Even though he’s now a fully grown lion, Lambert still needs a blanket to snuggle in it before going to bed.
“He has 7,000 sq. ft. worth of space to run around in, which includes a covered den area for shade and protection from the weather and a sunny, grassy playground with the pool he loves to play in,” Angela Culver said.
“He is just like any other 2 year-old lion in that he is active and playful, and is full of cattitude. You know where you stand with him.”