14 Jul '11, 7pm

Paralyzed Lion Receives an Outpouring of Support : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Paralyzed Lion Receives an Outpouring of Support : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

In 2008, at a wildlife center in Brazil, a healthy and playful lion cub named Ariel was born. Nowadays, he spends his days in a house in Sao Paulo, unable to move limbs. Ariel suffers from a debilitating autoimmune disease that has rendered him quadriplegic, and requiring of round-the-clock care from his trainers. Although it might seem like a lonely, hopeless life for the paralyzed lion, his story has won the hearts of thousands -- and thanks to their outpouring of support, he's getting the care he needs. Ariel's trainer, Raquel Ferreira Borges da Silva, tell's G1 Globo that up until June of last year, the young cat was as playful and energetic as a lion should be. Sadly, however, while undergoing enrichment training at the facility he landed awkwardly while practicing his pouncing skills. Following the accident, say Raquel, she began to notice Ariel limping, with pain in...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/paralyzed-lion-re...

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