More importantly, the rescue saw how bonded the couple was and knew they had to be kept together.
"When Zabu and Cameron were rescued, we constructed a large natural enclosure for the two of them to share since they are truly bonded as a couple," the rescue writes. Cameron got a vasectomy. However, when Zabu started going into heat, Cameron became especially possessive of her and aggressive toward caretakers at the rescue. Zabu was subsequently spayed, which seemed to work for a few years before Cameron once again started to display possessive and aggressive behavior.
"Because Cameron's behaviors were testosterone-driven we had only two choices; separate him from Zabu forever or neuter him," the rescue writes. "The decision was easy."
After Cameron was neutered, he lost his glorious mane, but it was a small price to pay to keep him happy and close to his (very demanding) wife.
"While Cameron tries to sleep most of the day away (as lions do in the wild), Zabu is extremely energetic and is always pestering him to play," the rescue writes.
But it seems Cameron is capable of keeping his favorite tigress and best friend just as content by showering her with licks, cuddles or affectionate nuzzles. Even after all this time, their relationship has remained strong.
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