The animal kingdom is no stranger to unlikely friendships, but this one takes things to a whole new level of oddness. Introducing the BLT trio (no, not the famous sandwich). BLT stands for bear, lion, and tiger, and it’s an acronym used to describe the beautiful friendship relationship that has formed between these three wild animals.
They all live in an animal sanctuary in Atlanta, Georgia, creatively-named Noah’s Ark. Here, they are well-taken care of and enjoy a free, great living, but things weren’t always this way. The bear Baloo, tiger Shere Khan, and lion Leo come from an abusive past and were once kept as illegal animals. Luckily, they were rescued when they were still cubs and taken to Noah’s Ark. According to the staff there, the animals started showing signs of bonding as soon as they met.
“The BLT exhibited signs of being a bonded trio from the moment we saw them when they arrived at Noah’s Ark,” Allison Hedgecoth, curator at Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary, told The Huffington Post.
“They were already seeking out one another for comfort and displayed affection by snuggling, grooming and playing with one another,” she added. “Before they reach sexual maturity, a lot of times animals will form unique bonds with members of other species,” Allison told BBC.
Over time, their relationship only grew stronger and stronger. And despite how unbelievable it might seem, they share a brotherly bond that seems to defy all odds.
Sometimes, nature is just screaming to be turned into a Disney movie, don’t you think? Watch the adorable video below to find out more about their incredible friendship and see how beautifully they interact with one another!