Kahn and Sheila belonged to the same owner who used to rent them for photo ops and parties like many of his other lion cubs. Luckily, the two lions were rescued by Texas’ In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center, but months apart. 6-year-old Kahn was malnourished and the end of his tail was chewed off, probably because of stress and boredom, but he was easy to treat due to his friendly character. Sheila, on the other hand, was dying.
Sheila was dying when she was rescued from a man who used to rent her for photo ops and parties
“For two weeks Vicky [the rescue’s founder] had to hand feed Sheila – rolling up meatballs and pushing them down her throat”
When Sheila recovered, she was moved next door to Kahn, another lion rescued from the same man
The rescue did short dates for the two lions every day until the dates didn’t need to be supervised anymore
“After three months of increasingly longer and less supervised visits, they were moved in together full-time”