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Man Lives with Lions for 31 Days

Man Lives with Lions for 31 Days

A Florida man named Jim Jablon has pledged to live with two young lions in an enclosure for all of January as an attempt to raise money for his cash-strapped animal rescue center, Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando.

According to the info ticker on the streaming video of the lions in their pen, the larger lion is a two-year old female named Lea and the male is one year old named Ed. Lea was used as a cub for taking photographs, but was abandoned. (You can watch the streaming video here.)

On Tuesday morning, Jablon was onscreen saying there is no danger, and no viewers would see any aggression from the lions. He also explained his center has a Siberian tiger, many primates and other animals. The lions are not so active, because they sleep about 20 hours a day. If the lions get rough when they are playing, Jablon can retreat to a platform he built up in the trees inside their pen.

Jablon has said he isn’t using any of the $200,000 he hopes to raise online for himself. “We are just trying to help the animals. We are not driving Cadillacs, we are not wearing Nike. I shop at Walmart. Everything goes to these animals. Whatever the last dollar is, it goes to these animals.” (Source: His annual operating expenses reportedly are about $50,000 to $75,000.

Jablon has already been in the lion pen for a few days, including sleeping nights there. He still has over three weeks to go. As to why he chose to do this, Jablon said, I don’t know. Im a nutand I pick a month with 31 days–my daughter keeps reminding me.” (Source:

Many animal shelters around the country have been struggling in recent times. Just last month an eight-year old girl raised over $500 for her local Humane Society.

Image Credit: Schuyler Shepherd

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7:19AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

The video won't play :(

4:19AM PDT on Aug 3, 2012

Did he survive? I hope so. That's what you call dedication.

4:17AM PDT on Jul 12, 2012

Great work for these magnificent animals

9:06PM PDT on May 8, 2012


9:56AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Great article! Thanks for posting!

9:52AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Kudos Jim for caring so deeply and I hope you make your goal

3:20PM PST on Feb 28, 2012

Remarkable work! Sparks inspiration.

8:46PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

It says the video has been suspended. ?

4:55AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Good luck to him.

2:20AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Mr. Jablon, your work is remarkable - but please don't shop at Walmart!

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