You heard right. And if you don’t believe me, check out this pic:
OMG, you don’t get much more adorbs than that! (Disclaimer: Don't try this at home, though, guys. As cute as this pic is, it's not recommended that people approach or touch wild animals, and the Humane Society of the United States can tell you why.)
It’s the perfect pic to go “Aww” over, but unfortunately, lions are in some real trouble. They’re losing their habitat, and there have been calls for them to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. The Humane Society of the United States has released a fact sheet that talks about how the number of lions has decreased almost 50% in the last thirty years. We don’t know for sure how many lions are still in the wild, but the estimates are as low as 23,000.
What can you do to help? Well, the Humane Society has created a student petition, so if you’re currently a student, check it! It’s a letter to the Secretary of the Interior, asking that lions be put on the endangered species list, and it’s really easy to fill out. Getting lions on this list not only shows they're in danger, but it also protects them from being killed and having their parts imported.
If you want a cute and creative way to give back, you can adopt a lion and get a plush lion from World Wildlife Fund. Taking a selfie with you and your plush lion might not be as exciting as Kelly and her real lion, but getting that plushie and encouraging your friends to do the same will help make sure there are still real lions in the future.