Kevin Richardson reports on Yame and George
The end of year is a very busy time and very demanding as everyone tries to fit everything in before end of first week of December, so please bear with me if I haven't communicated as often as I would've liked.
George and Yame are doing extremely well. They have settled in and are growing day on day. They have been on a few walks in the greater farm and have travelled up and down in the lion vehicle. Slowly but surely they are becoming more and more confident and the true characters are starting to show which is wonderful.
Yame is looking almost as if there was nothing ever wrong with him. His eyes seem good, body weight is good and bone formation on track. He has a healthy appetite and is always keen on a game of stalk.
George is doing great but has a way to go. His eyes have improved and are looking clearer but his vision is still severely compromised. His bone formation and rehabilitation is on track and one has to just be careful of over exercising him.
They are both due for bloods in 3 weeks time. (6 weeks after arrival). George's dose of Metacam has been increased due to his weight.
We have gotten Taurine from our vet as well as strath. We are struggling with the correct eye drops and will need consequine and vitoftal soon. Our vets don't seem to know what these are so getting these is a help.
All in all they're both such a treat to have at the sanctuary and one can see their happy little spirits.
For all those who have donated to relocate the cubs to SA and who are interested in the cubs' progress, CACH will be posting a monthly newsletter and blog about the cubs' activities at the sanctuary. We hope to get pictures of them each month as they grow and this way you can follow their first year.
Here is an interesting point of view.
One of the volunteers, Alexander Anghelou, who was at Kevin's sanctuary when the cubs arrived has written an interesting piece on the psychology of hunting.
" Boasting about killing an animal isn’t a sign of strength; it’s a sign of insecurity. "
"I believe that the power and thrill the hunter feels by killing a lion, which is a symbol of power, is due to the fact that they feel reassured by fooling themselves that they have more power than they actually have and therefore temporarily feel more secure."
See his full article here .........
Cub Petting - Lion Parks in SA exposed for what they are.
Watch 60 Minutes on Sunday, 30th Nov, on CBS news in USA to see the dramatic exposure of Lion Parks in South Africa that pose as sanctuaries.
Watch the promo video here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/from-pets-to-prey/
Little George takes the lead here, on the cubs first walk in the African bush veld
Yame out in front.
Well, I see everyone is still working on a few loose ends which I´m not paying much attention to. I´m packing my clothes and have one foot out the door.
The cubs cannot wait to meet their Auntie Bev and Uncle Chris and most of all, to meet you Kevin, the wonderful human being who is going to love them to pieces and give them such a great life. So much to tell you about - just who they are and how much fun they have been.
I cannot wait either. I keep pinching myself that this is really happening to me. Tomorrow will be my last day at the center with my boys. I am going to miss them so much but feel so happy that they have such an amazing life ahead of them.
So, see you soon. Saying my prayers that there will be no more glitches.
CJ from Spain
The Spanish lion cubs, Yame and George, will arrive at the airport in Johannesburg on Friday 31st Oct, in the morning. They will be met by Bev and Linda from CACH, Kevin of course and documentary film producers as well as CBS News.
FROM YAME AND GEORGE
We have been told that we already have all the permits and the tickets to go to our new home in South Africa with Kevin. We are a bit nervous since we have never flown before. We are kind of anxious on one hand to know our new home but on the other hand we are sad that we have to say good-bye to so many people that have been helping us during these last three months of our lives. Well, we believe that you also, our friends, have been helping us with your donations.
Now, if you don´t mind, (as we have been taught by our surrogate parents, CJ and Luis), we would like to recognize the people in Spain that have been responsible for us and taken care of us directly and made it possible for us to get well and have a wonderful future to look forward to.
We are going to start backwards from the center where we are now, and where we have spent the majority of these past three months, since our rescue from that abusive and evil woman in Alicante.
Many thanks, Maribel, Ricardo, Tato y Tete Peralta for taken us into your center Fauna y Acción, so generously and so unconditionally (www.faunayaccion.com). We want to make a special mention of Tete and Pati his wife. They have taken care of us early every morning and late every night. They have given us the love and affection that we needed when our surrogate parents were not there. We are never going to forget you, Tete and Pati, and we are hoping to see you in South Africa sometime in the future.
Thank-you also, to the caretakers of the animals in the center, Lucia Cabezuelo, Deborah del Rio, Debora Acevedo and Javi Denso. Ah! Diego y Rocío, thank you so much as well. Also thanks to Diana, administrator and all the volunteers and the veterinary/biology students in the center that have played with us in the playground every day and to all of you who have walked with us through the hills and up the mountain. Thank you Luis and Eli for your visits every Saturday.
We want to give special thanks to our veterinarians Joaquin Cerdeira from Centro Veterinario Aluche Las Aguilas (www.centrovetaluchelasaguilas.com) and Marino Garcia, from Clínica Veterinaria Taymir in Paracuellos (facebook). Your generosity, commitment, veterinary care and medical treatments have saved our lives.
Many thanks, Raul Merida, from the Foundation Raul Merida in Alicante (www.fundacionraulmerida.es). You picked us up from Seprona when we were finally released from that terrible woman and you took care of us during our first week of freedom at your Sanctuary. You helped so much with all the paper work that needed to be processed in order to allow us to move forward and have another chance with our lives. And Pilar, from the Society for Animal Protection in Benidorm (www.spapbenidorm.com), thank-you as well for helping keep Luis and CJ up to date on what was happening to us while they were working hard to get custody of us.
Also, special thanks to the officers from Seprona (Special Service of the Guardia Civil for the Protection of Nature), and to the staff of Customs Alicante, Cites in Alicante and Cites Central in Madrid. Your support and genuine concern for our safety has made it possible for us to look forward to a better life with Kevin Richardson and return to our origins in South Africa.
And finally we want to say thanks to all our friends around the world that have given donations, sent best wishes and prayed to help us heal and help get us home. We hope by becoming ambassadors for our brothers and sisters that have suffered so much and are now gone and to those that are yet to suffer the same fate, that our story will help inspire people to join hands together around the globe uniting us in our mission to change the hearts of people who have not understood our suffering. Time is running out.
We would also like to thank those people in South Africa who have worked hard to make it possible to give us a forever home there. Thanks goes to Linda who put CJ and Luis on our trail. A really big thank you to Kevin Richardson the lion whisperer. He immediately agreed to take us in when asked if he would give us a home. See you soon, our new adventure in Africa begins.
For photos of all the kind people in Spain who looked after us please go to this link...
Why do bad things happen to good people? Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Alexa for the tragic loss of the love of her life in a motor accident.
We are sure she will survive and find a way to turn a negative in to a positive.
Like she did with Serabie, the lion cub she rescued from the canned hunting industry. Here is the whole story in her video.
Actually it is two stories; one about the rescue of a lion cub, and the other about how to create a positive outcome from a negative experience.
Courage, Alexa. Our thoughts are with you.
BARK IN THE PARK
GMFERL (Global March for Elephant, Rhino and Lions) took place in George, South Africa on 4th October 2014.10.04.
We agreed with the Garden Route SPCA that we would combine our march with their annual Bark in the Park, a dog walk followed by a Dog Show in the beautiful setting of the Botanical Gardens.
An estimated 250 people attended along with 110 dogs of all shapes and sizes.
Watch the video of the start of the walk here….
Banners, posters and placards were provided by CACH and the pupils of York High School Animal Club. Thanks to Susan Bryson and Gillian Tett from the school for making the childrens' school project posters available for our event.
Good support was also given to the march by the Eden and Sedgefield Lions Club. Thanks Debbie and Carl.
More video here….
The local George Herald newspaper gave good coverage of the march and the plight of Eles, Rhino and lions.
Combining marches with other animal welfare orgs such as the SPCA is much more effective in getting one’s message across, in a friendly, supportive community atmosphere.