A Lonely Lioness Named “Shiela” Found Happiness With Her New Friend

Published on 12/07/2020
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The lion named Sheila has yet to meet you. Sheila is a stunning lioness who worked as a show animal at private parties for most of her life. Her health began to deteriorate, though. Her caretaker could not afford her regular veterinary treatment, but animal rights activists, fortunately, saved her. Sad to say, it seemed like Sheila was far too gone by that point. Her new caretakers felt that perhaps they had to put her down. Until there was a miracle…

Saving Sheila

Sheila was one of the lions saved by the Agriculture Department of the United States in July 2009. That year, almost all of the lions were in bad condition, but it was exceedingly terrible for Sheila. She was lighter than the air, weak, and frail. Her rescuers thought she had almost no chance, yet they took a gamble and still helped her. They wanted to enable her at least to get better.

Saving Sheila

The Suffering Lion

Sheila was rescued from an entertainment center in Texas. Her task was to give her employer a lot of money by performing at high-profile events and parties. Sheila was not the only lion in this entertainment center, but she was the lion with the most involvement and suffering. Sheila’s caretaker was exceptionally cruel to his lions. “Once they’re no longer useful for this as well, he’ll throw them away and stop caring for them,” Keahey, Founder of In-Sync Organization, said.

The Suffering Lion

Held As Prisoner

Sadly, for most of her life, Sheila was held prisoner in Texas. She was already a working lioness since she was a little cub. She began working in the entertainment industry and was featured as a cub in photoshoots. Sheila was a wild animal that led to a labor-intensive domestic life, and her health and welfare were greatly affected.

Held As Prisoner

Out Of Harm

Sheila had difficulty with coordination and couldn’t stand up very well herself. Her rescuers knew that her muscles were weak, causing her problems while she was walking. She could barely raise her head to eat water or drink it. She had completely lost her appetite, and her desire to live was utterly gone.

Out Of Harm

Not Extinct

Recently, Blackfish documentary uncovered fishers who stole baby whales from the sea and sold them in places like Sea World for profits. The background of Sheila is sad and not all that unusual. Almost all of these species are not adequately cared for and eventually live short, miserable lifetimes, as animals are continually exploited for entertainment. Sheila’s rescuers had hoped she wouldn’t experience the same misfortune.

Not Extinct

Handing Over To Experts

As Sheila was in terrible condition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to hand her over to an animal welfare organization called the In-Sync Exotics Wildlife Rescue and Education Centre. It is a company that helps in the recovery of stranded animals and their treatment. The news hasn’t been good. In Sync said that they would consider seriously euthanizing her if Sheila’s health didn’t improve. Sheila would probably not be able to live.

Handing Over To Experts

No Appetite

They took Sheila to In-Sync and settled there. Initially, she didn’t respond well to treatment. All the same, her rescuers were eager to save Sheila’s life. Nor is she allowed to eat food independently, so the team sits down to feed her by hand. “I have to go to Sheila for two weeks to feed her by hand. I’ll carry meatballs, stuff them down her throat.” In-Sync’s founder said.

No Appetite

No Development

Although the In-Sync team did their best to help Sheila, it didn’t seem like she was getting much better. Her health seemed nearly the same as it had been before she arrived. “She had very little muscle strength, and so, as she walked, her knees would fall from below,” an In-Sync member stated. This proved to be a very tough journey.

No Development

A Stressful Situation

In-Sync’s rescue staff had previously worked in unfortunate circumstances with animals but had never seen such a stressful situation. They weren’t able to help Sheila get better. They also believed she was completely giving up. Sheila stopped moving after days of exhaustion and a lack of energy. It seemed that her condition was deteriorating; all she had eaten, she would throw up. For the rescuers, this made it very difficult.

A Stressful Situation

Painful Life

The In-Sync team struggled. They did everything in their power to help Sheila, but nothing seemed to succeed. They decided to consider the USDA’s advice to euthanize this big cat after a couple of weeks of hard work. Sheila’s life has become painful and tough. The team had to deal with the fact that the kindest thing to do would be to end Sheila’s life.

Painful Life

Sheila Was Exceptional

Sheila dying is something the team did not want to happen. She was a beautiful animal that had spent all her life in cages. They allowed her to live her life. Like most lions, Sheila wasn’t. Her fur, which set her apart from other big cats, was very blonde. Her former owner very much appreciated her blonde hair. In Timbavati and South Africa, lionesses of this hue can be found. In-Sync was ready to euthanize Sheila when new information was received…

Sheila Was Exceptional

Her Illness Is Lethal

The in-Sync team exposed this stunning lion. It was reported that Sheila had a condition known as toxoplasmosis, as well as vitamin A deficiency. It meant the blood of Sheila had parasites. The illness is lethal for members of the feline family. Now, because they already knew what was happening to her, she had to take her medication.

Her Illness Is Lethal

Insufficient Treatment

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that occurs commonly in cats. This infection occurs when there is insufficient strength in the immune system to prevent illness. Sheila’s immune system, as the disease progresses, has been weakened by poor treatment for years. Signs of toxoplasmosis include decreased coordination, disorientation, anorexia, lethargy, breathing problems, lymph nodes that are swollen, and possible blindness. If not correctly and quickly addressed, this illness can be lethal.

Insufficient Treatment

Terrible Disease

In both cats and individuals, toxoplasmosis can spread throughout the body to parts such as the lungs, eye, and brain. It stays in the body for a long time, which is seen in human symptoms such as flu, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a few other common ailments that could mean anything. However, the disease is relatively mild in humans. In the case of Sheila as a lion, that illness meant something else…

Terrible Disease

She Is So Stubborn

Sheila’s caretakers immediately began her treatment with antibiotics. It took a little time to get a prescription, and Sheila started her antibiotic regimen late, but for Sheila, that was the only chance. A stubborn lion taking a range of antibiotics is not easy to have. Sheila was a challenge, and the In-Sync team would sometimes struggle for an hour to give her medicine.

She Is So Stubborn

Feeling Good

Just after she began taking her antibiotics, she started to feel better. Eventually, she could walk and eat on her own. Of course, all Sheila’s caretakers thought that because of the medication she was taking, her health improved, but because of another thing, she got healthier so quickly, a reason nobody had known. Another form of treatment was for Sheila.

Feeling Good

Remarkable Change

In a Facebook post made by In-Sync, they told the press: “Sheila has made a remarkable improvement. She has restored muscle strength, swallowing comfortably, and runs and jumps a lot.” Even the administrators and caretakers who worked with Sheila every day were unsure why this cat, who was so weak before, succeeded in achieving this rapid recovery. Antibiotics may not have recovered Sheila’s willingness to live on her own, although they are right.

Remarkable Change

Cold Cats

Although cats appear as colder creatures, lions are natural predators, of course. They, too, must be surrounded by a pride; they must never be lonely creatures. Lying all day together in the wild lions, feeding together, playing together, and hunting women together. It didn’t make it easier for Sheila to recover outside of their natural environment, but the in-Sync team was smarter than we expected…

Cold Cats

Helpful Neighbor

A separate enclosure adjacent to the area where Sheila stayed was in the in-Sync facility. The lioness in the enclosure next to Shiela was helped by someone to feel happier and healthier. They were surprised when the In-Sync staff realized what was going on between the two compartments. Read on to figure out who Sheila’s supportive neighbor was and why she recovered so quickly.

Helpful Neighbor

Meeting Kahn

It was a lion! A magnificent male lion, to be exact. It seems that Sheila has developed a crush on her friend. These two had, from the very beginning, formed a very close bond. Thanks to her passion for Kahn, Sheila was able to move on so quickly. She had renewed her will to live now that she had a relationship with another lion. Kahn has had a history close to Sheila’s.

Meeting Kahn

Birds Of The Same Feather (Or A Lion Of A… Fur?)

Kahn is a six-year-old lion who was rescued just a few months before Sheila was rescued with In-Sync. Kahn was like Sheila, a lion working in the film industry in Texas. He was humiliated by his handlers as well, and he was still in bad condition when he came to the rescue center, much like Sheila. Perhaps because they had experienced similar circumstances, they could communicate so easily.

Birds Of The Same Feather (Or A Lion Of A… Fur?)

The Magnificent Kahn

Much like Sheila, Kahn was a performance animal. He used to entertain the crowd at private parties by displaying his roar or balancing his two legs. His owners took him to various events in the area, and he often participated in multiple events or festivals a day. This entire journey and hard work made him sick, but he was still forced to perform despite his illness.

The Magnificent Kahn

Kahn Was In An Awful State

Kahn was actually in a bad state when the In-Sync team saved him. He was malnourished, weighing about 100 pounds less than the average lion of his generation. He had been beaten and overworked by his master. He was trapped in a tiny cage that influenced the growth and vulnerability of his muscles. His circumstances disturbed him, so he did a shocking thing.

Kahn Was In An Awful State

The Industry

The film industry is notorious for exploiting and genuinely taking advantage of its animals. In Kahn’s case, his owners had oppressed him so much. These wild animals are not born to be show animals, and their owners often do not have the resources or the finances to take the proper care of them. Animals are not fed the right meat or are frequently supplied by markets with perishable foods donated or sold. In Kahn’s case, he wanted to be rescued, and luckily, it was a new beginning for him.

The Industry

Boredom And Frustration

Out of boredom and annoyance because of how he was treated and how he had been made to live, Kahn, the lion, chewed his tail. The tip of his rear had swollen completely. If he hadn’t been saved in time, he would have fallen ill and died. He thought he had a bone disorder as well, which made it hard for him to walk. Keahey explained, “When Kahn arrived, his tail end was completely chewed off, and[ he] was skinny.”

Boredom And Frustration

Violent Khan

Kahn was very aggressive when he first arrived at the rescue center. The In-Sync party had great trouble communicating and supporting him. He became very aggressive when it came to feeding time because he did not receive enough food when he lived with his former owner. In many instances, Kahn was a very dangerous lion. Workers had to use extreme caution when feeding him or to treat him.

Violent Khan

Hunger

Lions are wild animals that, once their natural mindset and instincts have been interfered with, live off the land, and they will become more aggressive. We all know a little too well, how angry we are all feeling. Now, imagine the will of hunting be wholly taken away from you. He would soon, however, overcome this, and a particular progressive path was on its way…

Hunger

Never Loses His Will To Live

Kahn was a warrior. Unlike Sheila, he never lost his will to live. Soon, this vicious beast became a friendly and happy animal, and he quickly recovered. Kahn combined well with the other lions in the rescue center and seemed to enjoy his new retirement life very much. His violence was primarily due to his health conditions, and now that his complications are remedied, he is much less angry.

Never Loses His Will To Live

A Safe Haven

Kahn felt secure in the In-Sync rescue center. He became so strong that he had to create a cinder-block staircase for the center workers to get into his shelter quite comfortably. He had even more space for creation and relaxation now. The feeling contrasted dramatically with Kahn’s cramped cage.

A Safe Haven

Instant Companions

Kahn now needed a friend he could play with. Lions are very social creatures and tend to be in packs, so it is alarming that Kahn and Sheila have been isolated from other lions for so long. They formed a bond immediately when Kahn and Sheila were put side by side. This friendship inspired Sheila’s healing. Kahn’s fighting spirit started to rub down on her.

Instant Companions

Same Pain, Different Behavior

Both of these wild cats had claimed the same kind of tragedy, but the conditions of both were a little different. “It was easy to treat him and to get him settled in his new environment. Sheila, though, was very ill-formed… Sheila had almost gone. ” While both of these lions suffered a great deal of discomfort, given their actions, they were affected differently.

Same Pain, Different Behavior

Together

It may not be in the wild, and it may not be in their natural environment, but they are together, and they have given each other a fresh start in their way. The two of them have been able to create a new life for themselves. They are also protected, comfortable, and very well taken care of by in-Sync employees. The team, however, had an even better idea for the couple…

Together

Well-Grown Lions

Keahey stated, “Over time, they all recovered and grew in perfectly developed lions. We have completed our new enclosure in the meantime. They have now become very well-grown lions. Kahn and Sheila will live side-by-side as it was intended.” Both took the next step in their relationship. Who knows where this pair might go?

Well-Grown Lions

In Love

The friendship of Kahn and Sheila became more than a friendship. Both spend a lot of time on each other’s parts. Keahey stated, “Sheila’s been showing off for Kahn for the next months, and Kahn’s stuff was strutting for her.” These two lions, if you believe lions would fall in love, had feelings for each other. Have you seen The King of the Lion? Indeed, they can.

In Love

Prevent Inconvenience

The team at In-Sync saw that the two lions loved each other. They wanted to let them date and share a room, but they had spayed Sheila before they did so that no fun accidents would happen. No more lions born in captivity are expected. “We did short dates every day. Eventually, dates were prolonged, and afterward, the dates were undisturbed,” Vicky, who works at In-Sync, stated.

Prevent Inconvenience

Shiela Is The Boss

Vicky went ahead and explained, “And we let them stay together at night. We’ve allowed them to marry after three months. They created a special habitat where they spend their’ we’ time together. Sheila seems to be the boss of their relationship.” Everyone at In-Sync was so happy they had found both of them. Sheila and Kahn were finally content and safe. But for the lovebirds, this is only the beginning. Do you think they would later grow apart?

Shiela Is The Boss

Possessive Khan

This newlywed couple was struggling to get enough of their own. Sheila has a great passion for her husband. She also loves playing with wooden boxes and receiving from her caretakers a lot of affection. Khan was very possessive of Shiela, Vicky agreed. He gets jealous as other lions look at Sheila, and he does everything in his power to defend her. The unbelievable happened as another lion joined the mix…

Possessive Khan

A Fortunate Husband

He’s fortunate to have a wife that’s as powerful and as wonderful as Sheila, Kahn realizes. Kahn only needs to ensure that she is safe. “Then Kahn let the man know that she is with him. He mocks and charges them sometimes.” Vicky stated. Such two creatures that have been rescued make a great couple. Which begs the question: What happened to the abusers? 

A Fortunate Husband

Time In Prison

The man who abused Sheila, Kahn, and others is no longer allowed to possess huge cats or wild animals. He lost his desire to retain lions, which affected his business and his income potential in turn. And then some animal rights activists thought that he should be more harshly punished. They claimed that he should spend time in jail or be disciplined, at least for what he did to these magnificent animals.

Time In Prison

A Happy Ever After

Fortunately, this story began in miserable circumstances with the animals, finished with love for the lions. Sheila was almost euthanized, but now she is having the best years of her life with her favorite lion partner. This saga gives us confidence in happy endings and makes us want to do what we can to ensure that no lions are taken out of their homes and overworked. The next tale of two bears, however, is one that we just couldn’t believe.

A Happy Ever After

Tomi The Bear

Tomi has been captured in the wild and is forced to live in unbelievable, unbearable, and simply treacherous conditions. Tomi is one of the many unfortunate bears that have been captured and exploited to be in shows, used for selfish entertainment purposes.


Four Paws

One organization is known to have been trying to help free the bears from said conditions. One of these is Four Paws, an organization that tries to save these bears, working hand in hand with European governments to give these bears a better life and live in better conditions.

Four Paws

Fighting For Tomi

Albania has become a center for such animal cruelty, just as Tomi and many other bears were caught in Albania. It is uncertain exactly what Tomi had experienced, but he had been through a lot simultaneously, quite clearly. Four Paws certainly tried their best to get him! Would they be able to?

Fighting For Tomi

2 Years Later

Four Paws managed to make a deal after two years of negotiation with the owners of Tomi that would allow them to take him. Tomi was about to start a new life at the sanctuary, but little did anyone realize that it would be a story of a lifetime.



Taking Tomi Home

The arrangement of the Four Paws acquired Tomi and examined his state. They tranquilized the bears and examined them from head-to-toe, including testing their teeth. Tomi was abused, but they managed to save him, and he was about to start a new story, but they never saw what was coming!

Taking Tomi Home

A New Beginning

Tomi was sent to the Prishtina Bear Sanctuary in Kosovo to start life anew. It was as if, from the moment his feet hit the grass, he was a new bear. For years, he had been in a steel cage, and living in nature was completely foreign to him. Quite soon, he started to relax and learned of his passion for snow. Tomi was just about to figure out how much better life could be.

A New Beginning

A New Bear

Another bear that was saved by Four Paws is a bear named Hope. The poor bear was found in a small cage next to a restaurant. Thankfully, the organization was able to help Hope and send her to the same sanctuary as Tomi to ensure that she would be safe.

A New Bear

Hope

As she was only recently introduced to her new environment, she was mostly kept separate from Tomi to adjust accordingly. Hope was sadly unfamiliar with a place much more similar to their supposed natural habitat. The rescuers wanted Hope to meet Tomi.

Hope

A Meet And Greet

The pair were introduced to each other with comprehensive guidance and observation from the rescuers since the two bears have not been able to contact another bear in a long time. The reason why the rescuers did this is that they want the bears not to be lonely anymore. Will the two bears get along? Especially since the two have not had any interaction in years, it’d be hard to imagine if they would get along!

A Meet And Greet

Suspense

Tomi and Hope initially approached each other slowly. The rescuers were on standby, prepared to make a move if the two bears got agitated and would break out in a fight. Aware of each other, the pair moved closer to each other in a slow manner. The rescuers were surprised when they noticed that the two started to sniff each other.

Suspense

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