A lion, tiger and bear that share an enclosure at a US wildlife park could be split up after a lifetime together, under new rules proposed by the federal government.
The unusual trio, which are reportedly the only lion, tiger and bear living together in the world, have shared an enclosure at the Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary in Georgia since they were rescued from an Atlanta drug dealer, 11Alive reports.
"They've lived together quite nicely for 12 years and are depressed if you remove them from each other," Noah's Ark employee Kandi Allen said.
"It just works. They've figured out a way to make this work, and it's beautiful."
However, new regulations that require the park to double the height of its eight-foot fences threaten to break up the predators collectively known as "BLT".
The sanctuary, which is completely reliant on donations, is attempting to raise $50,000 to fund the upgrade.
If the campaign falls short the park will be forced to relocate the animals to smaller, separate enclosures.
Noah's Ark has been given until October to install the new fences.
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Source: 11 Alive, Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson