Looking at all the wonderful animals at ARK, it's tough to know that some of them had rather rough starts to life.

For instance, take the beautiful all-white Lope (pronounced "Loh-pay"). Upon hearing this 8-year-old's origins, the lyrics of Three Dog Night's "Easy To Be Hard" sprang to mind: "How can people be so heartless? How can people be so cruel?"

It's true that, when he was younger, Lope had been left to starve to death in a locked storeroom. Luckily, he was rescued, However, unsurprisingly, the experience left the pup traumatized and confused with lasting trust issues.