Stavy Anastasion volunteered at Kevin's sanctuary and was fortunate to meet Yame and George. Her story below.
We met Stavy Anastasion at Kevin´s sanctuary while we were at Kevin´s sanctuary ourselves. We had just arrived from Madrid. Our mission, of course, was to bring the cub´s to South Africa where Yame and George would make their home with Kevin forever. When I think about all of this today, I get goose bumps - just being moved by what so many of us accomplished out of our love for Yame and George. Team work can sometimes move the biggest mountains.
We have been back to Madrid now more than two weeks. Stavy sent us an email a couple of days ago to let us know that she was in Madrid visiting with her daughter who is a student here studying for a year. We arranged to meet at "The National Geographic Café", (most appropriate meeting place), on Gran Via.
Our visit was wonderful and it was obvious that we would continue being friends in the future thanks to the two inspiring little lion cubs who had brought us together. They have brought so many other people together already, haven´t they? Such amazing little ambassadors.
Stavy showed us some pictures that she had taken while she was at the sanctuary during her second week there. WOW, how they had grown in just such a short time. She then told the following story that I thought you all would like to hear:
Yame and George now come and go from their fenced in play installation and are now walking freely all over their designated areas outside of that installation. They are free to roam here and there totally unannounced, which creates problems now and then with some of the dogs on the property. Never mind. Kevin just keeps encouraging them to be free and have fun!
Kevin has now turned the electric fence off that runs quite a distance around a given area of the property. This fence is designed to keep the wild "wild animals" out and the soon to be someday not so wild animals in. Yame and George have come face to face with the fence on several occasions and have learned that an encounter with the fence is most unpleasant and is to be avoided at all costs. However, while Yame can see the fence very well, which makes it easy for him to avoid it, little George does not. George has been a victim of the fence´s sting far more than Yame because he just doesn´t know it is there until he gets very close. Then, it´s too late. So, Yame has learned to carefully watch his little brother and when he sees George heading in that direction, he rushes forward, wedges his body between the fence and George, cuts him off, and moves him off into another direction.
Now is that not smart? Is that not love? Yame, you are a real super brother and a real star!!!!!
Thanks Stavy for the pictures included here and for the story.