Photos: The Beautiful and Heart-Breaking Friendship Between a Lion, a Tiger and a Bear

(via @NoahsArkAnimalSanctuary on Facebook)

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

Social media users (read: lots and lots of people) were astonished by the story of an intimate, heartwarming and somewhat tragic friendship between a bear, lion, and tiger who refused to be separated.

These three, unrelated predator mammals shared a past that was characterized by mistreatment and negligence, a major factor that were the roots of a very happy friendship that lasted for over a decade between them.

Even until the very end where fate as it were, got in the way leading to an emotional farewell: