No matter how much you love them, not every animal is meant to be kept as a pet. Unfortunately, that didn’t stop one family from illegally taking in a lion cub.
But when they realized they couldn’t take care of the little guy, they did everything to get rid of him… and that’s when his story really began.
In 2014, Vicky Keahey of In-Sync Wildlife Rescue and Educational Center got a call about a three-month old lion named Lambert. A private owner had illegally purchased the lion for his children who wanted a Simba of their own after seeing The Lion King. Yet they quickly realized that they couldn’t take care of Lambert, so it was up to Vicky help.
Unfortunately, their work was far from over after they brought Lambert into his new enclosure. Lambert experienced a great deal of anxiety. He didn’t know how to adjust to his new environment, and since living a domesticated life didn’t allow him to adapt to the natural world, he couldn’t be released back into the wild.
However, Vicky learned that Lambert used to sleep in the bed with the previous family’s grandfather, and that gave her an idea: she gave Lambert a nice, warm blanket. Immediately, he relaxed and went to sleep.
Lambert soon became more comfortable with his new home. He especially liked it when the blanket was fresh and warm out of the dryer.
Lambert still sleeps with his blanket as a full-grown adult lion, and it’s still adorable. Vicky brings him a different blanket every night.
He is never far from his blanket, but he has other interests now, too. He likes to put his feet in plastic supply tubs, and he even enjoys skateboarding around the facility!
It’s important to remember that as wonderful as Lambert is, you should never keep a big cat as a pet. His former owners learned the hard way… and it could have gone a whole lot worse for them.