If there were a contest for caring too much, James Jablon might win the prize. Seriously, he cares too much.
Since Jan. 1, he's been living in a full-fledged lion's den with two wild African lions. His goal is to spread awareness for endangered animals everywhere and to raise funds for the Wildlife Rehab of Hernando Florida, where he works.
Jablon, 46, plans to hang out, eat and sleep with his feline friends for a whopping 30 days. The best part of all this is that the whole event can be watched by anyone with an Internet connection via a live stream.
"By spending 30 days and nights with lions in their enclosure, I hope to learn more about their needs for enrichment and habits to better their lives," explains Jablon on the center's donation page. "I will sleep when they sleep, eat when they eat and occupy my time as they do."
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To prevent himself from becoming lion's grub, Jablon built a place to hide way up in a tree. That way -- should the lions go at each other as lions do -- he'll have a refuge to rely on.
When avoiding lion fights from above, Jablon plans to sleep on hay near the two African cats (named Lea and Ed) and chow down on food with them at feeding time.
Though Jablon's act is a noble one, spectators can't help but wonder if he's a little crazy. Commenters have already begun talks of pools to determine what day and what hour Jablon's mission goes sour. Others are supportive of the endeavor and have made it known through donations.
"If the lions were fully grown I wouldn't be doing this," notes Jablon. "I feel they are still at the size and development stage where I can control them but, yes, they're big, and I have to take great care."
So far, Jablon's zany mission has raised just over $2,200. If you're in the mood to donate to this cause, visit the Wildlife Rehab of Hernando Florida donation page. Funds raised go directly to the rehabilitation center and will be used to treat injured and orphaned animals with the goal of returning them to their wild domains.