Fla. Man Spends Month Living in Lion’s Den

Man to sleep and eat with lions for a month

Updated 1:39 PM EST, Mon, Jan 3, 2011

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A Tampa area man is ready to spend a month sleeping in a lion’s den, all in the name of charity.

James Jablon, of Spring Hill, is ready to spend the next 30 days living in a fanced enclosure with two African lions in the hopes of raising money for a nearby wildlife center, according to wtsp.com.

Jablon, who entered the enclosure Saturday, owns and runs the Wildlife Rehabilitation of Hernando, where lions Lea and Ed live. Jablon plans on sleeping in the hay near them when they sleep and eating when they eat.

The daredevil animal lover said he knows the risk he’s taking on and has built a place to hide in the trees of the enclosure for when the lions’ playing gets too rough.

“Especially if they’re playing with something and you try to take it and you go near it, they go after you and when they fight with each other – which they do – you don’t want to be near them, because as soon as something touches them, they don’t concern themselves with who’s touching them. They’re going to bite,” Jablon said.

Jablon is streaming his entire stay, which ends Jan. 31, live over the internet, and hopes to raise as much as $200,000 for the non-profit center.

“It’s going to be a really hard month for me and my family but we’d really like the community to try to step up,” he said.


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