(Big) Cats and Dogs

A pair of lion cubs are making a big splash with visitors to The Wild Animal Sanctuary, and surprisingly enough, they are proving even more popular with the resident canines.

The two were confiscated from a Canadian drug dealer prior to their arrival at the long term care facility in Keenesburg, Colorado. “We don’t know why he had them,” Casey Craig, the son of the founder of the sanctuary said about the former owner of the pair of cubs. “Maybe it was just a cool factor… maybe he thought he wanted to be like Scarface.”

Because the two are outsiders to the existing pride of lions, it is necessary to socialize them prior to their introduction. They also need to do a bit of growing before they can hold their own with adult cats. “[The cubs] get to learn the whole social structure of the lion pride through the dog pack. They can get it from a much safer environment with the dogs than just by sticking them in the pride,” Craig said.

Based on their current size, Craig expects to integrate the cubs with the pride in the next few weeks.

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  1. I’m grabbing The Xterra keys NOW!

    KholWOOrado here I khome!

    I’ll be glad to play with those khytties!


  2. We like the little cats with the little claws and fangs. We don’t need anything bigger that can put our whole heads in their mouths. We don’t need to swatted upside the head by one those big kitties! NO THANK YOU!!

  3. So drug dealers are turning to big cats now? I guess I should be happy that they’re moving away from Pit Bulls… Yikes…

  4. It’s sad that people think wild animals make cool pets.

    Interesting video.

  5. Hmmm…dose is big kittehs all ready. Not to sure I would play wif dems. 😉

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  6. Wowzers! Those are some seriously big kitties! Good luck, dogs!

  7. Ahhhhhh what cute kitty cats!!! I cannot imagine what a thrill it would be to touch a lion cub. Got love that Butch!!! He is top dog for sure.
    Madi and Mom

  8. Glad those cats were saved from their miserable prior life. And how cool that the dogs are helping.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  9. That’s a wonderful thing and I’m sure that the know what they’re doing there, but I sure hope the lions don’t get carried away playing. Oooh. that would be bad.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  10. You weren’t kidding, those are big cats fur sure!

  11. That was brilliant! What a cool pack – imagine if the cubs stayed with them for five years – they would sure have fun with the dogs then!

  12. Heartwarming when different species get along like that.

  13. You always have the most amazing stories to share.

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