As cubs a lion, a tiger and a bear had been owned by a drug dealer who did not properly care for them. The bear's harness grew into his skin because the owner did not alter it as the animal grew. They had been abused and neglected early in life, but were finally rescued. The bear's harness was surgically removed.
They had been taking in by an North's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia, an institution that runs solely on donations. The staff initially tried to seperate them due to obvious concerns that the three large predators would fight. During the trial of seperation, the animals were uncooperative and behaved poorly. Once reunited, the three calmed down and were well behaved.
Twelve years later, the three friend spend their days playing, cuddling and eating together. While the sanctuary would prefer to leave them together, new federal regulations on fence height are threatning to seperate them. It will cost nearly half a million dollars to update the facility and meet the October deadline. A crowdsourcing donation campaign is going until Sept 24 to allow BLT to remain together as a family.