3 weeks ago a viral video of Miki, a full grown male lion, and Camila, a full grown female brown lab, were supposedly seen as "shaking hands" in a wildlife sanctuary.
Miki was a former pet, owned illegally with Camila. An organization known as BJWT rescued both of the pets, and brought them back to their sanctuary where they are currently being housed together.
Now you may be asking, "why are they being housed together?" Well the answer is simple, Miki and Camila have formed a special bond together since they have been housed together since they were babies. This is not the first case of different species bonding, for example, a bear, lion, and tiger were rescued from a private collection, and now are very closely bonded, and living in a reserve near Atlanta.
And that would explain why Miki and Camila were seen as "shaking hands" in the video.
Although BJWT claims to be a sanctuary on its website, some animal rights activist claim that the amount of human-animal contact is exploitive to the animals which is not good for the animals. Also the sanctuary is not officially registered as a sanctuary.
When temperatures dip into the 30s and 40s, people from West Palm Beach to Miami know to be on the lookout for reptiles stunned — but not necessarily killed — by the cold. They can come back to life again when it warms up.
In Boca Raton, Frank Cerabino, a Palm Beach Post columnist familiar with the critters, stepped outside and saw a bright green specimen by his pool on Thursday morning, feet up.
“It’s one of those ethical things: What do you do?” he said in an interview.
Iguanas, which can be as long as six feet, are not native to South Florida. They have proliferated in the subtropical heat, causing headaches for wildlife managers — and occasionally popping up in toilets. It took a prolonged cold spell to significantly reduce their population in 2010. (The same cold snap also resulted in the deaths of many invasive Burmese pythons.)
Iguanas climb up trees to roost at night, said Ron Magill, communications director for Zoo Miami.
“When the temperature goes down, they literally shut down, and they can no longer hold on to the trees,” he said. “Which is why you get this phenomenon in South Florida that it’s raining iguanas.” (Including on windshields.)