These Three Unlikely Animals Were Best Friends for 15 Years Until Something Tragic Happened

#8 “BLT”

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The bear and tiger were named Baloo and Shere Khan (named after characters from “The Jungle Book”). The lion, which was maneless thanks to an operation, was named Leo. As a result, the three were known as BLT, a name that stuck for this adorable trio of life-long friends.

#7 They Stayed Together

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Even after the three were rescued, they still decided to stay together and were even given the same living space in the sanctuary. There, they acted just like a family and loved playing with each other and keeping each other company. Their traumatic past brought them closer together, as best friends.

#6 They Are Amazing Friends

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These three sleep together, play together and even groom each other by licking each others’ heads and rubbing each others’ fur. These animals had a horrific experience when they were just babies, but that experience has led them to be the best of friends, despite the notable and obvious differences that they have.

#5 Personalities

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The real-life Baloo is just like his fictional counterpart; he is relaxed and has a sweet-tooth. But the tiger is more mischievous and likes to pounce on his brothers when they least expect it. And while Leo was normally pretty lethargic, he came to life when it was time to play with his brothers.

#4 Over a Decade of Friendship
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The three animals were friends and lived together for more than a decade. All told, they spent the best years of their lives in the sanctuary. But in August of 2016, Noah’s Ark posted that BLT was going to be missing one of its beloved family members in a very sad announcement.