Meet Lambert, an African lion who was rescued after being illegally purchased by a family who decided they didn’t want him anymore.
When Vicky Keahey, Lambert’s rescuer, first saw him, he resembled a puppy dog more than the majestic lion, and she was happy to take him to her rescue ‘In-Sync-Exotics.’
“The previous owners obtained him illegally as a pet for their young children,” after the children asked for Simba after seeing the lion king, the father decided to it a reality.
“After a short time, the family decided they could not keep him, so we were contacted asking if we could take him, which of course we were happy to do.”
“We had heard from the previous owners that he slept in the bed with the grandfather.”
“So I got him a blanket, went into the enclosure and put the blanket in one of the corners. He curled up on that blanket and he went right to sleep. Ever since then, I always give him a blanket.”
Since Lambert was born in captivity and made to be as tame as can be, he wasn’t able to be released back into the wild, so the center took him under their wing.
“He has 7,000 sq. ft. worth of space to run around in, which includes a covered den area for shade and protection from the weather and a sunny, grassy playground with the pool he loves to play in.”
Lambert has grown to be a healthy and happy adult lion, but one thing hasn’t changed. He still can’t sleep without his favorite comfort blanket!
“He is just like any other 2-year-old lion in that he is active and playful, and is full of cattitude. You know where you stand with him.”
This story originally appeared on kingdomstv.com