On August 11th 2016 we said goodbye to our beloved Leo, the 15-year-old lion in our “BLT” trio. During surgery, our veterinarians discovered that over 80% of Leo's liver was full of inoperable masses and because of this, the heart wrenching decision was made to let him go. Leo’s brothers, Baloo (bear) and Shere Khan (tiger), were able to say goodbye to Leo and have been doing well since his death. They are being watched closely by their keepers and are given plenty of extra enrichment & attention. Animals are so perceptive and with the incredible bond the BLT had since being rescued together from a drug dealer’s basement in 2001, it is highly likely that Baloo and Shere Khan knew their lion brother was terminally ill long before Leo began displaying outward symptoms. Leo was buried by the trio’s clubhouse, which was their favorite resting spot. Even in death, Baloo, Shere Khan and Leo will always be together. We are beyond grateful for the overwhelming support of the public, and we continue to be amazed by how many lives the BLT has impacted. In memory of Leo and to ensure all our animals always have access to the same outstanding veterinary care as Leo did, we ask that donations be made in memory of Leo to our Animal Care Fund
. We are forever grateful for your generous support, and we thank you for helping us provide the best possible care for our rescued animal friends.
Rest in peace, sweet Leo.