A Dangerous Meeting
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Every person was holding their breath as they watched in awe. The air felt strange as the park was consumed by silence. He tightly held onto the leash, hoping that things would go well, but he was ready for anything to happen. The two pairs of eyes met and they spent a few moments checking each other out. That was when the first move was made. But no one could have expected what would happen next.
Some New Friends
A few months prior, John Reinke had no clue that he would ever be in this kind of situation. He had just brought two feline babies to his home, but they weren't exactly your typical pet. He had welcomed a lion cub named Bonedigger and a tiger cub named Tony. John's job is to take care of rescued wild cats in his home in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. In the past, John had hand-raised two tiger cubs named Orlando and Tippy. But this pair was a bit unique.
John groomed Tony and Bonedigger, played with them, and hand-fed them formula and raw meat. Even though the two cubs were different species, they acted like brothers. They loved play fighting with each other and with John, and they enjoyed frolicking around outside. Tony was a bit more playful and played a little too rough with John at times. But Bonedigger always made sure to keep Tony in check, growling at him so he wouldn't harm John. And there was a reason behind it.
Not Meant To Be Wild
John received Bonedigger because he wouldn't be able to survive in the wild because he was born with a metabolic bone disease. The disease made it so his bones would be deformed and a bit more brittle than a normal lion. Bonedigger would need to stay in captivity for his whole life, making sure that he was kept away from stronger, bigger animals that might hurt him. Luckily, Bonedigger met someone who could understand what it was like living with a disability, and that person was John.
A Devastating Accident
John had always lived on the wild side, even before he started raising wild animals. John was bungee jumping one day in 1994, but unfortunately, the trap door failed and he fell 55 feet to the ground. Luckily he survived, but he broke his hip, his back, and both of his feet. He was told by doctors that he would never walk again, but John was extremely stubborn. Thanks to physical therapy, John was able to use his legs again. But sadly, John kept getting infections and received some heartbreaking news.