Born: December 10, 1999
Loving Adoptive Parents: Wally and Shelley Ballard - Hurst, TX
Loving Sponsors: Marsha Little – Richmond, VA
Selena is one of CARE’s most loving creatures. She was brought to the facility before it was CARE in 2000 at six months of age. She was to be temporarily boarded here but was never picked up by her very famous owner. She saved the life of Sampson, CARE’s large male African Lion. When Selena was 10 months old, the 4-month-old Sampson arrived. He was nearly dead upon arrival. After several weeks of life-saving care, Sampson’s physical condition improved, although his emotional condition deteriorated. A decision was made to place Selena and Sampson together in the same enclosure. Selena took to Sampson like a mother to a cub. She nurtured him back to health. The unlikely couple, lion and tiger, lived together for many years. But, they could not be together forever. Sampson eventually moved in with another African Lion, and Selena lives alone right next door. Sampson passed away years ago, but she has always had lion neighbors and we think she thinks she might be a lion herself.