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.
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.
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.
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!
A worker at the center even had a skateboard built just for him!
Lambert also likes to destroy trash cans…
…and loves to play in this fountain to escape the intense Texas heat.
It’s great that Lambert found such a special place with such special people.
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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