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
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.
SPCA BARK IN THE PARK SATURDAY 4TH OCTOBER AT THE BOTANICAL GARDENS
GARDEN ROUTE SPCA JOINS UP WITH THE GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINO,
AND CACH (CAMPAIGN AGAINST CANNED HUNTING)
Global March - George and Wilderness, South Africa.
There will be lots going on at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday 4th October.
Apart from the usual enjoyable Bark in the Park dog walk in the forest, and the Fun Dog Show afterwards,
our SPCA is being joined by the groups marching against Canned Lion Hunting, and the saving of elephants and rhinos.
See the life size Rhino puppet which will be marching with us when we start the walk.
The Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale is also on the day, as well as the Friday before. There will be a tea room with yummy refreshments.
Registration for the Bark in the Park walk starts at 8am near the Tea room, and the walk will start at 9am, joined by the march for lions, elephants and rhinos.
The fun dog show will start at 10.30.
Enquiries:: Heather 072 877 2911