How far would you go to raise money for a cause? A Florida man, James Jablon, has decided to walk in to a lion’s den – literally — for a month!
Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando (WROH) started out providing medical care for wild animals with the goal of releasing back to the wild. It is a noble cause. The problem is, Jablon has a hard time saying ‘no’ when people ask him to keep exotic pets that are no longer welcome in their home.
Feeding costs and medical expenses for the 100 animals on site are quite costly. WROH works entirely from donations. The economy being what it is, Jablon decided to take an unorthodox approach to fundraising.
So at midnight on New Year’s Eve, he entered the enclosed 3,000 square foot lion’s den in his back yard. He intends to stay there until January 31, eating, sleeping and playing with his two lions, Ed and Lea.
The lions are not full grown and are familiar with Jablon which is why he feels safe with them. Live streaming video will be broadcast. Be patient – WROH does not have broadband and sometimes the link is unavailable if a large number of viewers are watching simultaneously. Try a bit later.
“If the lions were fully grown I wouldn’t be doing this” says Jablon. “I feel they are still at the size and development stage where I can control them but, yes, they’re big, and I have to take great care.”
The 46 year old is quoted as saying, “I may have to construct a bed in one of the trees, just out of their reach or come up with another idea, depending on what they make of me being there. After all, lions generally sleep for 18-20 hours a day so I’m going to be getting a lot of rest,” said Jablon.
“But I’ll be ever-vigilant and I will have a small fenced-off safety area in the corner if it looks like they’re getting too aggressive or I feel things are getting too dangerous.”
Bravery or foolhardy? Perhaps simply a desperate effort to help a cause.
Flickr: Douglas Muth