Two lions Kahn and Shiela were used as attractions by an entertainment facility in Texas. They rented them for photo ops and parties. Both of them had been severely neglected and abused and were in a very bad shape. But Shiela’s condition was far worse than Khan’s and she would have probably died if they weren’t rescued by In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Center.
“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
It was love at first sight
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”