See you soon little lions.
Sadly, we leave tomorrow for Madrid. What are we leaving behind? We leave our two lovely,
very special, (not so little anymore), lions, Yame and George, some very good friends, and
wonderful memories of our time in South Africa.
What do we take with us? We take my red and black checkered Yame and George shirt,
(worn almost every day), shredded and torn from many moments of fun and play, their blue
brush – used daily, as they loved the feel of it on their skin, (rather like momma lion giving
them an all over nice lick), a favorite toy, my chewed up boots, and countless pictures of our
times together. We will visit our friends at Fauna y Accion where the cubs lived for over three
months. It will be very hard to see the cubs' little apartment, where they played, and most likely,
find the other toys and odds and ends they left behind that Tete has gathered up to remember
them by as well.
George and Yame have become a part of who we are. We will carry them with us in our hearts
and our prayers wherever we go. We will always remember also how much they have loved us
and trusted us and all that they have taught us about kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.
We will look forward to seeing them again soon and in the meantime, we will follow their
progress through pictures and updates from Kevin’s sanctuary which we will share with you all
We hope that you will remember them and remember also what their rescue has meant to
the important work we are trying to do at CACH. Yame and George are your ambassadors –
ambassadors that you have chosen to support in our common mission to save our lions. You
have helped make their story such a success. All of you who have given that support, regardless
in what way – however great or small – have sent them on this journey. They belong to the
world now. They stand as a reminder to all of us that cruelty and suffering should have no place
in our hearts or in our actions. It must end.
Chris Mercer and Bev Pervan have worked endlessly to give us this opportunity to help end cub
petting and canned hunting. It was the two of them that brought this whole story together.
While we were off in search of Yame and George, they were putting a plan together as to how
these two cubs could globally make a difference - change the hearts of people everywhere
before it is too late. Now we need to do everything that we can to assure that their hard work
will inspire others to step forward and meet the challenge of fighting for the innocent victims
who cannot fight for themselves.
We hope you enjoy these latest pictures of Yame and George. While we will miss them, we
find great joy in seeing them so happy just being normal lions and we know that after so much
suffering, they have found a future which offers them at long last the peaceful life they deserve.
CJ & Luis.
To view the Powerpoint Slideshow of the whole adventure, click on this link.
Life's a little boring on the ground - last one up the tree is a baboon
Bird cub building his nest
George go find your own tree, this one is mine
I told you this was my tree!!!!
Satisfaction at last
Hasta pronto leoncitos
11/14/2014 10:53:54 pm
Enormous effort and Job well done Chris, I hope we can all help to stop this cruel canned hunting in South Africa, it has no merit and no validation.
11/17/2014 12:24:47 am
Great story ! These cubs are symbols of the lions fight for survival and the glimmer of hope that exists. I hope they live long happy lives with Kevin and the rest of the lions there. Perhaps their story will create a heightened awareness to the widespread issue of captive lions and canned hunting. Looking forward to seeing updates from the Lion Whisperer on these guys.
11/14/2014 11:47:10 pm
So loved your story CJ and Luis and how great it was to meet you in person. Your work with these cubs was incredible - hard to leave behind - but at the same time immense satisfaction. ...
11/14/2014 11:48:53 pm
CJ and Luis, you also take with you the affection and thanks of thousands of people you have not met, but who followed your lion cub journey every step of the way with bated breath and the hope of a good outcome. We got it, and how wonderful.
11/15/2014 01:02:02 am
A heartfelt congratulations to CJ & Luis for their tremendous work along with Chris & Bev. We need to highlight the perpetrators of the horrendous cruelty against all wildlife and actively pursue those responsible!!!!!
11/15/2014 02:01:56 am
CJ & Luis, muchos gracias to you both for everything you have given to these cubs. It was an honour to have met you both on the day you brought George and Yame to South Africa. Be assured that we will look after them for you, here in their spiritual home.
11/15/2014 03:30:38 am
I'm so proud of those little cuties. May their lives symbolize how lions should live.
11/15/2014 06:37:31 am
Bravo! Oui oui. And merci, merci, merci.
11/15/2014 11:53:05 am
I cannot get enough of Yame and George. Again, I cannot thank you enough. Their lives and yours have forever changed, all for the better. One question, when are you flying back to see them!!
11/15/2014 03:12:55 pm
A Spiritual journey for both lioncubs and resuers. Thank you Luis and CJ for bearing your soul on Friday while retelling the important story ofthe mmiraculous rescue.South Africa is fortunate to have formed an unbreakable bond with the two of you.
11/15/2014 05:33:03 pm
Will these two lion cubs ever be released into the wild?
11/15/2014 05:40:31 pm
I am crying from happiness and relief these little babies are finally at a safe place to grow up in. Thank you Chris and Bev and thank you to CJ and Luis and thank you to the Raul Meridan Sanctuary for taking care of these beautiful babies. I love them so much! And I was so happy to be able to help too with my donation.
11/16/2014 06:50:37 am
It is incredible to watch the slideshow and see them so small, and then to see these new photos where they are so big in just few months. This is what excellent care, love and affection can do for animals who are, at first, taken from their mother and used as props for unscrupulous people.
11/16/2014 03:30:42 pm
No Diana they can not be released. If you read the early blogs going back to August (click on Archives on blog page) you will see how badly compromised these poor animals were when rescued. George is half blind with cataracts etc But they will have a life of contentment and stimulation at Kevin's.
11/16/2014 03:57:01 pm
Bev chris cj and louis..with your love and dedication you are inspiring the commitment around the world not only to yame and george who have suffered so much but from enlightened people around the globe..the precious heritage of african lions MUST be preserved....
11/17/2014 01:14:52 am
Thank you for all that you do in bringing awareness to this horrific existence for these magnificent creatures. Blessings to all of you!
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