You may know me because I am famous for sleeping with a fresh blankie every night. My blankie story was reported in 19 languages around the world. I live at In-Sync in Wylie, TX.
Everybody who knows me likes me. Of course they do. I’m a lion cub. What’s not to like? Anyway, I thought I would occasionally share some stories about myself and my friends at In-Sync.
So let’s start with my story. I was born March 22, 2014 and came to live at In-Sync that June when I was just three months old. I was pretty small then. I only weighed about 32 pounds. I never lived with other lions and tigers or any other cats so I was a little bit afraid of my neighbors in nearby enclosures.
But lucky me! A lady with silver hair took personal care of me. She really spoiled me but I deserve to be spoiled so it was ok. Her name is Vicky and she tells everyone she is my Mom. I guess she must be because she really loves me and takes great care of me…every single day. In the beginning, she would feed me my bottle everyday and make sure I was happy and healthy all the time. I guess that’s what Moms do. She is really pretty cool.
So about that blankie story. It is all true. On my first night here, my Mom thought I might be more comfortable if I had a blankie to roll-up in. She found one for me and I rolled myself up in the blankie and I was super comfortable. So now I get a fresh blankie every day. If someone on the staff forgets to give me a fresh one, Vicky will give them a real talking-to. And nobody ever messes with Vicky. Besides being my Mom, she is the founder and president of In-Sync. It’s way cool to have a Mom who can boss everyone around. I have a great life here. Thanks, Mom.
I do sometimes wonder why all the other cats in my neighborhood don’t have blankies. I guess I’m just special.
When I first came to In-Sync, I was put in an empty tiger enclosure with a big playground with a pool. Most lions don’t like water too much but I do. Playing in the water is fun. Especially on really hot summer days in Texas. I had a neighbor there named Rafiki. He is five months older than me. I’ll tell you more about him another time.
One day Vicky and her staff moved me and Rafiki to a lion enclosure named Mane Street. (Get it? “Mane” Street, lions have manes.) Anyway, Mane Street is cool BUT NO POOL. What’s the deal with that? I should know better than to worry. It wasn’t long before Vicky had some guys build us a nice pool in our playground. And it has three fountains too. I try to stop all the fountains with my front paws but I only have two front paws so the third fountain always soaks me. I’ll tell you more about the playgrounds at In-Sync another time.
I was really small when I arrived at In-Sync, but not any more. Thanks to the great food prepared by the staff and volunteers, I now weigh about 384 pounds. But I’m still cute, just bigger. Oh, and I grew a mane. It started out looking like a Mohawk but now it is much fuller and I really look like an adult lion.