ETX lion couple not exactly feeling the love tonight - WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

ETX lion couple not exactly feeling the love tonight


Judah is the newest member of the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge family in Tyler. When he arrived, caretakers say he was one of the noisiest cats around. 

Luckily, things have quieted down since then, but his future enclosure mate, Ngala, is not really ready to share her space. 

"Judah is great. He's a very relaxed calm lion. He totally seems to be in love with Ngala, but she's not quite accepting him yet, so it's taking a little bit of time for them to get used to each other," says Terri Werner, director of operations at Tiger Creek. 

Werner says a lion's roar can be heard up to six miles away. She says when Judah roars, it makes your whole body feel like it's shaking, something visitors love to experience. 

Judah came from an animal sanctuary in Kentucky. His owner wanted to put him in a good home, and Tiger Creek just happened to have an opening. 

Right now, the two lions are taking turns being in each other's territory. Their caretakers say it could be up to a month before they are comfortable around each other. 

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