Lions are the kings of the jungle; the roughest, toughest cat in the animal kingdom. This depiction of lions as a symbol of strength, courage, ferocity, and nobility has been handed down to us over the ages and across a wide range of cultures. We all know that lions are meant to be feared.
Lambert, the African lion, is certainly proud and majestic...
... but he's not too tough to enjoy becoming a lion-burrito in his favorite blankie!
Her first impression of Lambert was that he was like a puppy dog, just lazing around in the yard and soaking up the sun.
Keahey recalls how she "We received a call from the Global Federation of Animals Sanctuaries (GFAS). They were contacted by a private owner who had [illegally] purchased Lambert for his young children after going to see 'The Lion King.' The little kids told their daddy they wanted a Simba, so he went out and bought them one."
After just a few months, however, the family decided to give the cub away. He was too tame to ever release back to the wild, so GFAS contacted Keahey to see if she had a home for him. The rest, as they say, is history.
That's how she learned about Lambert's most peculiar quirk.
When he first arrived at In-Sync, Keahey noticed that after initially exploring his new surroundings, Lambert seemed anxious and started pacing around. That's when she found out he used to sleep in a bed with the previous family's grandfather.
He also had to learn to eat raw meat, which is important for a young lion. Up until now, he'd only been fed cooked meat and human food.
... he's also an avid skateboard enthusiast!
As you'd expect, Lambert has a big personality according to Keahey.
"If he likes you, you know it and if he doesn't like you, you know it," she says.
Still, he's basically a big ol' softie at heart.
He gets tons of love at In-Sync, and even gets birthday parties! When he turned two recently, he was treated to whipped cream, some paper to shred, and of course, his favorite blanket.
No matter what adventures he has growing up, they always end like this:
Here's to you, Lambert!
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