All wild animals should be allowed to wander freely in the wild rather than being confined as pets in cramped quarters. But regrettably, we are a long way from this situation since innumerable creatures are compelled to have unhappy lives outside of their native environments.
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 along the years is Lambert, a lovely majestic lion.
In 2014, when his rescuers discovered him, Lambert was in a dreadful state. Because of malnutrition, the poor little soul was weaker than he should have been—more like a puppy than a lion.
An evil guy who had illegally purchased the lion cub kept him as a pet until deciding he no longer wanted the wild beast.
“The previous owners obtained him illegally as a pet for their young children,” Angela Culver, media director at the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue told Bored Panda. “After a short time, the family decided they could not keep him, so we were contacted asking if we could take him, which of course we were happy to do.”
Lambert was perplexed and terrified when he first arrived at the rescue facility, but he quickly won everyone over with his routine. The lion cub apparently found solace in a blanket that he was unable to sleep without it. Vicky told The Dodo, “We had heard from the previous owners that he slept in the bed with the granddad.”
I then walked inside the enclosure and placed the blanket in one of the corners after getting him a blanket. He immediately fell asleep after curling up on that blanket. I’ve given him a blanket every time after then.
Thanks to the rescue team efforts, Lambert have made a full recovery and now he’s unrecognizable. But despite getting back on the 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 need a blanket to snuggle in it before going to bed.
He has 7,000 square feet of space to play in, according to Angela Culver, including a covered den area for shade and shelter from the elements and a bright, grassy playground with the pool he enjoys using. He is lively, playful, and full of cattitude, just like any other two-year-old lion. Your relationship with him is clear to you.