A Tale Of 2 Lion Cubs In Spain – Part 5
A Tale Of 2 Lion Cubs In Spain – Part 5 – October is here and we are turning another page in this adventure with the boys. The summer was not typical. For Madrid, it was rather mild, which was much better for the boys. Now Autumn is here. It gets cool at night and remains that way until mid morning. We have had a few rain storms. Something new again for the boys. They like their shades lowered at night, if you can imagine. As of now, they are on a training schedule – learning how to be lions.
CJ & Luis Munoz
It seems just like yesterday when we finally found them in a sanctuary in Alicante – when we actually saw them for the first time. The thrill of that moment is still fresh with me today even though it has now been a few months ago. There they were. So small. Side by side in the fresh air and sunshine just waiting to be loved and made well again.
Dinner is pretty much the same. George is eating well and now weighs close to 15 kilos. Yame woofs his food down and hopes his brother has missed something in his bowl. Yame now weighs close to 22 kilos.
In addition to the three stables, the boys get an early wake up call feeding and a late night snack. Their needs have been well attended to with tender love and care.
Lately, Yame has been sitting on his tree trunk starring out the window into the play area or beyond into the hills. That lion instinct is calling him. He knows that his life is not meant to be lived inside – although he does keep a careful watch on his den and does make it clear when HE WANTS to be there. His moments of deep thinking can be seen quite clearly by the far away look in his eyes and there is no doubt that he is wanting to be free. These moments make me think about all of those “out there” living such horrible lives; clawing and chewing at bars with broken nails and bloody gums. Hungry and thirsty. Bodies broken and wasting from illness and abuse. Lives spent in breeding factories or caged up in circuses.
I am beginning to feel the loss of these two beautiful boys. Time is winding down fast. Soon we will be filming their departure from the center, their arrival to the Madrid airport and then their arrival in South Africa. It is such a long, long trip and I will be a wreck until they get there. I know that they will be flying towards a wonderful future and that their lives will change again. This time they WILL have freedom and they will have the love and care of Kevin. If only all of the “lost ones” could have had such a chance in their lives.I hope that Yame and George will represent their brothers and sisters well and that as little ambassadors, they will help people understand that a soul is a special gift given to all the living – to be respected – to be allowed to go forward until it is time to move on.Hugs and loves from the cubs,
Without your generosity we would not have been able to rescue the cubs. These little babies were abused from the day they were born, until they were rescued by CJ & Luis. Now the cubs will have a new beginning and will live in SA at Kevin’s sanctuary.We ask everyone to please spread the cubs’ story through your social networks. Cub petting is an evil and by sharing the story of the cubs we bring awareness to many that do not know the repercussions to the cubs in this industry.
Please continue to spread the word and help us raise the full amount to bring them home.