The biblical story of Noah's Ark had a glaring plot flaw in that the animals on board would surely have taken to eating each other, rather than co-existing in blissful harmony, two-by-two.
But in the 250-acre Noah's Ark animal sanctuary in Locust Grove, Georgia, an unlikely trio comprising a brown bear, lion, and tiger are such good friends they have collectively become known as BLT.
Baloo the brown bear, Leo the lion and Shere Khan the tiger were all found in an Atlanta drug dealer's apartment 13 years ago when they were still cubs.
In the wild, the three would never have met; the bear is native to North America, the lion to Africa, and the tiger to Asia.
They formed a special bond from the beginning, and while they could easily separate themselves on their three acre habitat at the sanctuary, they instead seek out each other's affections, Noah's Ark animal husbandry manager Allison Hedgecoth told the Today show.
BLT stun visitors to the sanctuary with their bond, nuzzling each other and playing together, and are like brothers, Hedgecoth said.
"It's really amazing that the BLT all interact like they do,'' she said.
"As far as we know, this is the only BLT in the world."