Sheila is a divinely beautiful lioness who used to serve as a show animal in private parties. No doubt, this beauty was one of the most sought-after show animal owing to her uniqueness. Her fame began to take its toll on her and her health gradually started to deteriorate. Unfortunately, her caretaker did not bother to care for her that in return made her sick even more. One day, she was rescued but it seemed too late to happen. As the lioness had reached the worst of her condition. Everyone tried hard to get her back to her health but failed and lastly, they decided to give her a merciful killing and at that point, something happens that changes Sheila life completely!

Rescuing Sheila

Sheila was one of the victims of human apathy when she got rescued by the U.S Department of Agriculture in July 2009. Though all of them were in poor shape, Sheila’s condition was particularly horrible. She was underweight, frail, and weak. She was having such a pathetic appearance that the organization assumed that she would not be able to survive another day. However, despite that, they decided to give it a shot.

Causes was rescued from an entertainment center in Texas. She was one of those animals who was sent to entertainment shows by their owner for visitor’s amusement. Unfortunately, the treatment meted out to them was extremely brutal and the caretaker’s careless behavior had taken a toll on them especially on Sheila. Keahey, founder of In-Sync Organization explained, ‘when they are no longer useful to him, he throws them aside and stops taking care of them.’

Since Birth was an African born lioness who was stolen and brought to Texas to work in the private entertainment center. It means she had been in this business since her birth. This pretty wildcat began living as a pet and appeared in photoshoots. The entertainment life started taking a toll on this a year old animal and she gradually began to give up.

Safe Environment was suffering from a coordination problem that did not allow her even to stand up on her own. They knew  “She had very little muscle coordination, and thus when she walked, her legs would slip out from under her.” She could hardly lift her head up in order to drink water. Moreover, the lioness was constantly refusing to eat anything. It seemed like she was not willing to live.

Not Rare, cases like Sheila are in plenty. People stealing animals from their family and natural habitat only to use them for the entertainment purpose is a common practice. Sadly, most of those animals meet poor treatment from their owners and only a few of them manage to survive those and most of them die in that appalling condition. Sheila, however, had something amazing waiting for her.

Help!;jpeg_quality=20.jpgSoon Shiela was admitted into the organization. Despite Shiela’s poor response to the treatment, rescuers were hell-bent on getting her back to shape. As she was not able to take food into her mouth on her own the team used to hand feed her. The founder of In Sync said, “For two weeks, I had to go in with Sheila and hand-feed her.” She added further “I’d meatballs balls and literally stuff them down her throat.”