Born: 18th of July 2012
Arrived at LLA Sanctuary: 10th of March 2017
Lives alone at the moment
In May 2014 Andi was contacted by Drew Abrahamson (Captured in Africa Foundation) and asked if she would take a lion in to sanctuary who had been bought by an Australian volunteer. Jane had been a volunteer at the lion farm when Beau was born and she had paid to name him. He is named after her nephew. Jane bottle fed Beau and returned to volunteer there when he was 1 and again just before he turned 2.
Jane bought Beau from where he was and gave him to Andi. She visits him when she can.
Beau had been a ‘walking with lions’ lion and was used to humans when he came to Andi. He allowed Andi to rub him through the fence, but other than when he was dropped off, Andi never walked with him or went into his environment.
When Beau arrived he was very thin and he couldn’t walk more than a few metres. He aggressively guarded his food, trying to hold onto each item and growling at anyone who came near. Andi gave him food, skins to suck, tails to play with and more food. She wanted him to feel a sense of abundance so that he would relax. He had parasites and needed medication which she gave to him by hand in balls of blood meat.
Andi had thought that he might be able to live with Shalom but Shalom was aggressive towards Beau through the fence. She decided to put Ariel with him as she was the third wheel in the Shalom, Skye and Ariel group. Andi first moved Ariel into the small camp alongside of Beau’s and let them meet through the fence. Ariel charged at Beau initially and growled but soon they settled into lying opposite each other. After a few weeks, and whilst Ariel was in Oestrous, Andi opened the gate between the two of them. They went straight to each other rubbing and talking.
When Beau improved enough to be able to run, jump and climb; Andi moved them into a larger camp. After 3 months Beau withdrew from coming to the fence for rubs and Andi let it be. He resumed coming to her a few months later but only when he felt in the mood.
Although Andi had been told that he had been vasectomised, he fathered Mela.
Beau is currently living alone as Andi did not manage to bring Ariel to LLA with him. He is a very confident and proud lion. He roars more than the others and has a statuesque physique and beautiful stance. Andi hope to be able to build him a larger enclosure soon at to find a companion for him to live with.
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