Precious Lion Refuses To Go Anywhere Without His Blanket

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.  His children wanted a “Simba” of their own after seeing The Lion King. It didn’t take long for them to realize that they couldn’t take care of Lambert, so it was up to Vicky help.
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Unfortunately, Lambert experienced a great deal of anxiety when he got to Vicky. 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.
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Vicky learned that Lambert used to sleep in the bed with the previous family’s grandfather.  That gave her an idea: she gave Lambert a nice, warm blanket. Immediately, he relaxed and went to sleep.
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Lambert soon became more comfortable with his new home. He especially liked it when the blanket was fresh and warm out of the dryer.
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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.
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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!
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A worker at the center even had a skateboard built just for him!
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Lambert also likes to destroy trash cans…
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…and loves to play in this fountain to escape the intense Texas heat.
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It’s great that Lambert found such a special place with such special people.
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While he has a lot of growing up to do, this king of the jungle is still just a cute little cub at heart!
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