|Published:||Jul 13, 2011 8:40 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 13, 2011 7:40 PM EDT|
SAO PAULO (AP) - Two Brazilian women are fighting to save the life of Ariel the lion.
The 3-year-old lion has been paralyzed over the past year because a degenerative disease has immobilized his legs. So the 310-pound (140 kilogram) beast he has been sleeping on a mattress in the Sao Paulo house of veterinarian Livia Pereira. She says the lion's white blood cells are attacking his healthy cells.
The animal's owner is Raquel Borges, who runs a shelter in southern Brazil for sick and abandoned animals.
She has been the paying lion's monthly $11,500 medical bill through donations from some of the 34,250 people who have clicked the "like" button on Ariel's Facebook page.
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