The Cutest Story About Drug Lords’ Illegal Pets That You’ll Read All Week

03/03/2010 12:20 PM |

lion, tiger and bear

You may have already come across the story of Leo (really, a lion named “Leo”?), Shere Khan and Baloo, the lion, tiger and bear who were seized during a drug bust in Atlanta in 2001 when they were all two months old, and who have spent every moment since living the ultimate Jungle Book fantasy frat-house life together at the Noah’s Ark animal rescue center in Locust Grove, Georgia, but you can never have too much of such a good, great thing. Back in December of last year the Telegraph visited the trio’s cabana (pictured) , and I know that zoos are murder and whatnot, but how can you resist adorableness such as the following, from Noah’s Ark zoo assistant director Diane Smith:

Baloo and Shere Khan are very close. That is because they rise early, as Leo being a lion likes to spend most the day sleeping… It is wonderful and magical to see a giant American Black Bear put his arm around a Bengal tiger and then to see the tiger nuzzle up to the bear like a domestic cat. When Leo wakes up the three of them mess around for most of the day before they settle down to some food.

The article is bursting with such unfathomable adorbz, not the least of which is an accompanying video, embedded after the jump. I bet those drug dealers are proud of their power animals. (MentalFloss)