Yame & George had their first birthday this week. What a long way they have come in their journey to a healthy and fulfilling life. Jade, their carer, reports below on their latest activities and shares her photos with us.
Im so sorry it has taken so long to send this through. As Im sure you know the boys celebrated their first birthday over the past weekend. Its incredible to think back at the state these boys were in when they were rescued, and how far they have come since making the long journey to South Africa.
I have attached a few pictures for everyone to see how beautiful they are.
George is finally catching up to Yame and his little mane is growing all the time. Though he is not as big as his brother yet, he makes up for it in personality, while Yame remains as sweet as ever. They have also both lost their baby canines (as you will see in the pictures) and are waiting for their adult teeth to push through. Kevin was lucky enough to find one of them in the enclosure. Because they are missing some teeth, their dinner takes a little longer to eat, but they both really enjoy their food. Both are eating full portions now, just like our adult lions.
They continue to explore the property 2-3 times a week when they go out for their walks. They led us to the most beautiful little waterfall today which I had no idea existed, and after a short rest they were off again, finding a large burrow where a porcupine or wartog had made its home. At one stage Yame was so deep inside the burrow that we couldn't see him... Lucky for him the home owner was not there :)
Its starting to get colder here in the mornings and evenings now, and George is feeling it a little in his joints. Unfortunately this will be a constant thing for him but he manages extremely well considering (with a little extra TLC from all the staff at the sanctuary). He has really found his independance, and doesnt always feel the need to be right next to Yame... Its so great knowing that he can see and enjoy the world around him now, with his brother, always watching over him.
I will write again soon with more news on the boys, until then...