Sheila, the lion, is yet to meet you. Sheila is a stunning lioness who worked as a show animal at private parties for most of her life. However, her health began to deteriorate. Her caretaker wasn’t able to afford her regular veterinary treatments but thankfully she was saved by animal rights activists. Sad to say, by that point, it seemed like Sheila was far too gone. Her new caretakers felt that they might have to put her down. Until a miracle occurred …
In July 2009, Sheila was one of the lions saved by the United States Department of Agriculture. Almost all of the lions were in bad condition that year, but it was especially terrible for Sheila. She was lighter than air, frail, and weak. Her rescuers figured she had almost no chance, still, they took a gamble and helped her anyway. At least they wanted to allow her to get better.
The Suffering Lion
Sheila was saved from a Texas entertainment center. Her task was to give her employer a great deal of money by performing in high profile events and parties. In this entertainment center, Sheila wasn’t the only lion, but she was the most involved and suffering lion. The caretaker of Sheila had been exceptionally cruel to his lions. “Once they’re no longer useful for this as well, he’ll throw them away and stop caring for them,” Keahey, Founder of In-Sync Organization, said.
Held As Prisoner
Unfortunately, Sheila had been held prisoner in Texas for most of her existence. Since she was a little cub, she was already a working lioness. She started working in the entertainment industry and featured in photoshoots as a cub. Sheila was a wild animal that led a domestic life, which was labor-intensive, and her health and welfare were greatly affected.
Out Of Harm
Sheila had difficulty with coordination and couldn’t stand up very well herself. Her rescuers knew her muscles were frail and caused her issues while she was walking. She was barely able to raise her head to eat or drink water. She had lost her appetite entirely, and her desire to live was utterly gone.
Blackfish documentary recently revealed fishers who stole baby whales from the sea and sold them for profits in locations like Sea World. Sheila’s background is sad, not all that unusual. Since animals are continually exploited for entertainment, almost all of these species are not adequately cared for and eventually live short, miserable lifetimes. The rescuers of Sheila had hoped that she would not experience the same misfortune.
Handing Over To Experts
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to hand her over to an animal welfare organization called the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre as Sheila was in a terrible condition. It’s a company that helps in the recovery and treatment of stranded animals. The news was not good. In Sync said that if Sheila’s health didn’t improve, they would consider seriously euthanizing her. Sheila may not be able to live…
Sheila was taken to In-Sync and settled there. She didn’t respond well to treatment initially. Still, her rescuers were eager to save the life of Sheila. Nor can she eat food herself, so the team sits down to feed her by hand. “I have to go to Sheila for two weeks to feed her by hand,” she said, “I’ll carry meatballs, stuff them down her throat.” In-Sync’s founder said.
Although In-Sync’s team did its best to aid Sheila, it did not appear as if she was getting a lot better. Her health seemed almost the same as before she came. One member of In-Sync said, “She had very little muscle strength, and so, as she walked, her knees would fall from below.” This was likely to be a very tough journey.
A Stressful Situation
In-Sync’s rescue personnel previously worked with animals in unfortunate circumstances, but never saw such a stressful situation. They couldn’t help Sheila get better. They also believed she was giving up altogether. After days of exhaustion and lack of energy, Sheila stopped moving. It seemed like her condition was deteriorating; she would throw up everything she had eaten. This made it very hard for the rescuers.
The In-Sync team struggled utterly. They did all they could to help Sheila, but nothing seemed to succeed. They decided to consider, after a few weeks of hard work, USDA’s advised to euthanize this big cat. The life of Sheila has become painful and hard. The team had to deal with the fact that ending Sheila’s life would be the kindest thing to do.
Sheila Was Exceptional
The team didn’t want Sheila to die. She was a gorgeous animal that had been in cages all her life. They gave her the chance to live her life. Sheila wasn’t like most lions. Her fur, which distinguished her from other large cats, was very blonde. Her blonde hair was highly regarded by her former owner. The lionesses of this hue can be found in Timbavati and South Africa. In-Sync was ready to euthanize Sheila when it received new information…
Her Illness Is Lethal
This stunning lion was exposed by the in-Sync team. Sheila had been reported to have a disease known as toxoplasmosis, as well as vitamin A deficiency. It meant that Sheila’s blood had parasites. For members of the feline family, the illness is lethal. Now she had to take her medication because they already knew what was happening to her.
Infection occurs commonly with cats is called toxoplasmosis. This infection happens when the immune system is not sufficiently strong to prevent disease. The immune system of Sheila, as the disease progresses, has been weakened for years by insufficient treatment. Toxoplasmosis signs include reduced coordination, disorientation, anorexia, lethargy, breathing problems, swollen lymph nodes, and possible blindness. This disease can be lethal if not correctly and quickly addressed.
Toxoplasmosis can spread throughout the body to parts such as the lung, eye, and brain in both cats and people. It stays in the body for a long time which in humans is seen in symptoms such as flu, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a few other common ailments that could mean anything. However, in humans, the disease is rather mild. In Sheila’s case as a lion, the disease meant something else…
She Is So Stubborn
The caretakers of Sheila immediately began her antibiotic treatment. It took a little time to get a prescription, and Sheila started her antibiotic regimen late, but that was the only chance for Sheila. It is not easy to have a stubborn lion taking a variety of antibiotics. Sheila was challenging, and sometimes the In-Sync team would struggle, to give her medicines, for an hour.
She began to feel better just after she started taking her antibiotics. She could walk and eat on her own eventually. Of course, all the caretakers of Sheila thought that her health improved because of the medication she was taking, but she got healthier that quickly because of a different thing — a reason nobody had known. Sheila had another form of treatment.
“Sheila has made a remarkable improvement” in a Facebook post-In-Sync told the press. “She has restored muscle strength, swallowing comfortably, and runs and jumps a lot.” But even the administrators and caretakers who worked with Sheila every day we’re not sure why this cat, who was so frail before, managed to achieve this fast recovery. Sheila’s will to live on her own can not have been recovered by antibiotics, although they are right.
Although cats come across as colder animals, and of course, lions are natural predators. They too need to be surrounded by a pride, they are never lone animals. In the wild lions lay together all day, eat together, play together, and females hun together. Having to recover outside of ones’ natural habitat did not make it any easier for Sheila, however, the team at in-Sync were evidently smarter than we thought…
The in-Sync facility had a separate enclosure adjacent to the area where Sheila stayed. Someone helped the lioness in the enclosure close to Shiela to feel happier and healthier. When the In-Sync employees found out what was going on between the two compartments, they were shocked. Continue reading and find out who was the helpful neighbor of Sheila and why she recovered so quickly.
It was a lion! To be precise, a very handsome male lion. Sheila seems to have developed a crush on her neighbor. Those two had formed a very close bond from the very start. Sheila was able to move forward so quickly because of her love for Kahn. Now that she had a relationship with another lion, she had renewed her will to live. Kahn had a similar background to Sheila, too.
Birds Of The Same Feather (Or A Lion Of A… Fur?)
Kahn is a six-year-old lion that was saved just a few months before the rescue of Sheila with In-Sync. Like Sheila, Kahn was a lion working in Texas ‘ entertainment industry. He was also abused by his handlers, and he was also in terrible shape just like Sheila when he came to the rescue center. Perhaps they could connect so quickly because they had encountered similar situations.
The Magnificent Kahn
Kahn was a performance animal, just like Sheila. In private parties, he used to entertain the audience by showing his roar or balancing his two legs. He was taken by his owners to numerous events in the city, and he sometimes engaged in several events or festivals in a day. This entire journey and hard work made him sick, but despite his sickness, he was still forced to perform.
Kahn Was In An Awful State
When the In-Sync team finally rescued Kahn, he had been in an awful state. He was malnourished and weighed approximately 100 pounds below the average lion of his age. His owner had beaten him and overworked him. He was stuck in a small cage that affected his muscle growth and vulnerability. His conditions upset him, so he did something truly shocking.
The entertainment industry is known for abusing its animals and truly taking advantage of these creatures. In Kahn’s case, he was too exploited by his owners. These wild animals are not born to be show creatures, and often times their owners do not have the means or the funds to actually take the necessary care of them. Animals are not fed the correct meats or are often given perishable foods donated or sold by markets. In Kahn’s case, he needed to be saved and thankfully was, it was a new start for him…
Boredom And Frustration
Kahn, the lion, chewed his tail out of boredom and frustration due to the way he was handled and how he had been forced to live. He had utterly swollen the edge of his rear. If he weren’t rescued in time, he’d have become ill and died. He also believed he had a bone problem, which made it difficult for him to walk. Keahey explained, “When Kahn arrived, his tail end was completely chewed off, and[ he] was skinny.”
When he first arrived at the rescue center, Kahn was very violent. The In-Sync team had great difficulty interacting and assisting him. When it comes to feeding time because he did not receive enough food when he was living with his former owner, he became very aggressive. Kahn was a very dangerous lion in many instances. When feeding him or treating him, workers had to use extreme caution.
Lions are wild animals that live off of the land once their natural mindset and instincts have been interfered with it is natural they will become more aggressive. Le’s be honest we all know a little too well about how being angry feels. Now imagine having the will to hunt being taken away from you completely. However, he would soon overcome this and a specific progressive path was on the way…
Never Loses His Will To Live
Kahn was a warrior, never losing his will to live, unlike Sheila. This vicious beast soon became a friendly and happy animal, and he recovered quickly. Kahn blended well into the rescue center with the other lions and seemed to enjoy his new retirement life very much. His violence was mainly due to his health conditions and is much less angry now that his complications are remedied.
A Safe Haven
In the In-Sync rescue center, Kahn felt safe. He got so strong that the staff in the centre build a cinder-block staircase for him to get through rather comfortably in his shelter. He now had much more room for growth and relaxation. The environment contrasted greatly with Kahn’s small cage.
Now Kahn wanted a companion with whom he could play with. Lions are very social animals that prefer to be in packs, so the fact that Kahn and Sheila have been separated so long from other lions is exceptionally upsetting. When Kahn and Sheila were positioned side by side, they formed a bond instantly. Sheila’s recovery was motivated by this relationship. The fighting spirit of Kahn started to rub on her.
Same Pain, Different Behavior
The same kind of a disaster had claimed both of these wild cats, but the circumstances of both of them were a bit different. “It was easy to treat him and to get him settled in his new environment,” he explained. Sheila, though, was very ill-formed… Sheila had almost gone. “Although both these lions experienced a great deal of pain, they were affected differently considering their behaviors.
The two of them have been able to create a new life for themselves, it may not be in the wild and it may not be in their natural habitat but they are together and they have given one another a fresh start in their own way. They are also safe, secure, and being taken care of very well by the staff of in-Sync. Thus, the staff had an even better idea for the pair…
“Over time, they all recovered and grew in perfectly developed lions.” Keahey added, “We have completed our new enclosure in the meantime. They have now become very well-grown lions. Kahn and Sheila will live side-by-side as it was intended.” Both took the next step in their relationship. Who knows where this pair might go?
The friendship of Kahn and Sheila became more than a friendship. Both spend a lot of time on each other’s parts. “Sheila’s been showing off for Kahn for the next months, and Kahn’s stuff was strutting for her,” Keahey said. These two lions had feelings for each other if you think lions can fall in love. Did you see The Lion King? Indeed, they can.
The In-Sync staff saw that the two lions love each other. They decided to let them date and share a room, but before they did, they spayed Sheila so that no fun incidents were to happen. No more lions born in captivity are needed. “We did short dates every day. Eventually, dates were prolonged, and afterward, the dates were undisturbed,” Vicky, who works at In-Sync, stated.
Shiela Is The Boss
Vicky goes on to explain, “And we let them stay together at night. We’ve allowed them to marry after three months. They created a special habitat where they spend their’ we’ time together. Sheila seems to be the boss of their relationship.” Both are serious goals. At In-Sync, everyone was so glad they found both of them. At last, Sheila and Kahn were happy and safe. But this is just the start for the lovebirds, do you think they eventually grew apart?
This newlywed couple can not get enough of themselves. Sheila has a deep affection for her husband. She also enjoys playing with cardboard boxes and getting a great deal of attention from her caretakers. Vicky admitted that Khan was very possessive of Shiela. When other lions look at Sheila, he becomes very jealous, and he does everything in his power to protect her. When another lion came into the mix something unbelievable happened…
A Fortunate Husband
Kahn realizes he’s very fortunate to have a wife that’s as strong and as wonderful as Sheila. Kahn just wants to make sure she’s protected. “Then Kahn let the man know that she is with him. He mocks and charges them sometimes.” Vicky stated. Such two creatures that have been rescued make a great couple. But what happened to the abusers? What do they do?
Time In Prison
The guy who violated Sheila, Kahn, and others has no right to keep big cats or wild animals anymore. He lost his ability to keep lions, which in turn influenced his company and his earning potential. Even so, some advocates for animal rights felt that he should be disciplined more harshly. They believed he should serve time in prison or be punished, at least for what he did to these beautiful creatures.
A Happy Ever After
Fortunately, this tale, which started with the animals in terrible conditions, ended with some love for the lions. Sheila has been almost euthanized, but now with her beloved lion husband, she spends the best years of her life. This saga gives us faith in happy endings and makes us want to do what we can to guarantee that no lions are exploited and overworked out of their habitats. However, the next story of two bears is one we truly could not believe…
Tomi The Bear
Tomi had been captured in the wild and homed in unbelievable, unbearable, and simply treacherous conditions. Tomi is one of many bears that are captured and exploited to be in shows, used for entertainment purposes.
Four Paws is an organization that tries to save these bears, working hand in hand with European governments to give these bears a better life and let them live in better conditions.
Fighting For Tomi
Tomi just like many other bears in Albania was captured, Albania has become a hub for such animal abuse. It is unclear exactly what Tmi had endured but at the same time very clear he had been through a lot. Four Paws was trying there hardest to obtain him! Would they?
2 Years Later
After 2 years of negotiating with Tomi’s owners, Four Paws managed to strike a deal that would allow them to take him. Tomi was about to start a new life at the sanctuary, but little did anyone know it would be a story of a lifetime.
Taking Tomi Home
The Four Paws organization collected Tomi and assessed his condition. They tranquilize the bears and assess them from head-to-toe, even checking out their teeth. Tomi had certainly been abused but they had managed to save him, he was about to start a new chapter, but they never saw what was coming!
A New Beginning
Tomi was taken to Bear Sanctuary Prishtina in Kosovo to start afresh. It was as if he was a new bear from the moment his feet touched the grass. He had been in a concrete cage for ages, being in nature was something totally new for him. He learned to relax very quickly and learned of his love for the snow. Tomi was about to find out just how much better life can actually get…
A New Bear
Hope is another bear that was saved, she was found in a small cage next to a restaurant. However, Four Paws managed to help Hope and get her to the same sanctuary as Tomi.
Hope was kept separate from Tomi as she learned to love her new environment too. She was a new bear in a place a lot more like her natural habitat. The rescuers wanted the pair to meet…
A Meet And Greet
With the complete guidance and observation of the rescuers, the two were introduced. The plan was for them to be lonely bears no more, but would they get along- the two hadn’t had interaction in years!
At first, the pair slowly started approaching one another, the rescuers were close by in case a fight would break out. Wary of one another but they slowly moved closer and closer, they began to sniff each other…
They were a hit! The two adored each other from the first sniff. Four paws were happy to report, ” They started out by sniffing each other and then progressed on to what we might call ‘kissing!”
The pair eventually became very attached to one another, it seemed as though they had known one another their entire lives. “Since then, we can happily report that they are inseparable,” Four Paws reported.
Tomi and Hope were no longer lonely bears but had one another to keep each other company, they take baths in the little pool together and are always having a good time playing.
They both were lucky enough to have been saved from cruel circumstances, it is difficult to even imagine how they were locked up alone for such a long time. The thought that many animals are suffering from such cruelty is saddening.
Thanks to Four Paws these bears will have each other now, they have the chance to play and live freely too. Tomi and Hope have somewhat forgotten about their past and are living it up in the sanctuary.