Check out this adorable white lion named after Muhammad Ali
Barry Viloria on Jun 05, 2016 05:13 PM
Hear him roar... (Photo taken from Black Jaguar White Tiger's Instagram account: @blackjaguarwhitetiger)
The founder of a Mexico-based animal foundation is grieving the recent loss of three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali. Eduardo Serio of the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation, which “rescues” big cats including lions, tigers, jaguars, and servals, took to his impressively followed Instagram account his mourning over the American boxer’s death by septic shock. Ali was 74.
But more than the usual tributes the late boxer’s fans would post online, Serio released a video of one of the lions in his keep. The lion’s name is, of course, Ali, so called in honor of the Thrilla in Manila headliner. The video has since garnered more than 162,000 views and more than 55,000 likes, all after five hours of posting.
All of us are beings on our way to die, so the important thing is how we live our life. Money is of not consequence for a true King or Queen. If you don't believe me, just look at my boy Ali. He knows that Existence will always provide, through one way or the other. This is my last video of the day and it was the first time that I saw my kid Ali without the Champion Muhammad Ali on this Earth. Without lying, I am really shaken, he's been my hero since I can remember. Life goes on, but today, from the Mexican Serengeti, I give you my word that the roars of my Kings were heard all the way in the Sky. And I noticed for the first time the echo of the roars on the mountains around us. What a feeling. And I also give you my word that today Muhammad Ali noticed us. Ali. Ali. Ali. Ali... #MuhammadAli #KingAliBJWT #blackjaguarwhitetiger #PapaBearChronicles
“My kids are named after people that I admire, from the past for sure, but also, alive. To me, there's no point in paying tribute to someone that just died if you were not able to pay tribute to him or her while he/she was alive,” Serio said in a separate post, who revealed his efforts to connect to the champ through the latter’s daughter.
“One should always say proudly that one Loves someone while they are alive. If possible, to their face. So when I noticed that the Champ's daughter was following me, I sent her a DM and explained to her how important her dad was to me. I told her the story of my son Ali and I asked her to pass it to the Champ.”
WATCH COMPLETE WITH SOUND: What can I say that I didn't say before while he was alive? I've been receiving messages with condolences from my friends and I don't even feel like reading them. I am not sad because he died, he lived a glorious life. I am sad because I never had the chance to tell him that I Loved him face to face. My kids are named after people that I admire, from the past for sure, but also, alive. To me, there's no point in paying tribute to someone that just died if you were not able to pay tribute to him or her while he/she was alive. One should always say proudly that one Loves someone while they are alive. If possible, to their face. So when I noticed that the Champ's daughter was following me, I sent her a DM and explained to her how important her dad was to me. I told her the story of my son Ali and I asked her to pass it to the Champ. She said that she would. AND I HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT SHE TOLD HIM. How incredible to be able to Love someone from a distance. That's the magic of Love. I was watching his fight against Sonny Liston 2 nights ago, and in the morning, he was in the hospital. Champ: With all my Heart I know that you encountered that God that you talked about so much. I call it Existence, you called it God. To me, you are one of the greatest Humans of all time. And as a boxer, you were not that bad :) Rest in Peace, Muhammad Ali. I already told Karmis that you are my friend... #MuhammadAli #blackjaguarwhitetiger #KingAliBJWT #MuhammadAliForever #PapaBearChronicles #KarmisForever
If you’ve been closely following Serios’s Instagram, you would see how he has doted on the lion Ali over time. The foundation’s main man has narrated in a separate post how he “rescued” the cat.
“They told me that Ali was dead because they were using him for pictures. He came to me full of excrement 2 weeks later. Super weak. But as I saw his future, he reminded me of Muhammad Ali: How he got robbed of his Championship because he didn't want to kill an Asian that have never called him the "N" word just like they called him in his own country. So he decided to go to jail in his prime. But he came back and won the Championship without losing his integrity.”
“And since my boy is a White Lion, in honor to the few racist idiots that still roam freely, I gave him the name of a Black man.”
Check out how Ali has grown after more than a year, well documented by Serio and some of the foundation's fans online.
Ali's first time roaring on video. But the funny thing is that Dharma started to roar too. Dharma became altered by Ali's roars. Then Michael jumped on top of Dharma while Ali bit Dharma's tail and Papa Bear had to get in between... La primera vez que Ali ruge en cámara. Y Dharma se puso a rugir con el también. Luego Michael se aventó encima y su servidor tuvo que unirse a ellos... #KingAliBJWT #Dharmis #Michaelingui #TheBigPrideBJWT #SaveLions #SaveLeopards #SaveJaguars #SaveTigers #SaveOurPlanet #BeHuman #NotPets #NoSonMascotas #blackjaguarwhitetiger #RescuedLions #MuhammadAli @muhammadali
With at least 5.3 million followers, Serio’s account is heavily followed by celebrities with some of them even making a visit to the “sanctuary” at least once. Among those who have dropped by the place are Lewis Hamilton, Tommy Lee Jones, Kellan Lutz, Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner. (Just like the departed boxer Ali, Hamilton, Luts, and Kardashian also have lions named after them at the foundation!)
The foundation came to be in 2013, when Serio received a call form his animal expert of a cousin. The latter was complaining about a baby jaguar being drugged so people could have photos with it for money. He then went to purchase the jaguar and named it Cielo—and that’s when he birthed his foundation. To keep alive, the foundation accepts sponsorships with varying packages, and even has promos where two people can visit the over 200 creatures at the foundation—all expenses paid.
Black Jaguar White Tiger however, has received flak, too, as a "petting zoo." And this is something Serio, who' been referred to as "Papa Bear," has repeatedly contraditced in many of his posts.