Did you hear about Cecil the Lion? Poor thing, the king has fallen.
But rather than add to the grief lets put some positivity on the situation and show the world there is a different approach to life.
Since I write this on a throw back Thursday #tbt I dove into the archives the seek a certain photo in memory of Cecil. In 2012 I took my mum to South Africa to visit her sisters, niece and nephew. We had some great wild adventures and while we didn't see Cecil we did see this beautiful majestic king, a White Lion.
White Lions are very rare and so it is unfortunate that this one has to be guarded day and night because poachers have a high price on his head. The positive side of that? There are people out there that care enough to dedicate their lives to guarding him.
We watched as he slowly gnawed at his dinner with one of his Lionesses, neither dare let go in a very slow battle to get as much as possible. It actually went on a bit and they all decided to have a bit of a mid meal nap, even those waiting in the queue!
"I refuse to let go of MY dinner at all costs!"
"...though maybe I'll just have a little nap"
As the those in line decide napping is a good idea too. (The dark Lioness in the middle didn't move the whole time. Had her jaws clamped on the carcuss and growled every time the male tried to pull it away!)
"Pah! Fools! Chilling in this shade until they all nod off then I'll nip in and eat it all!"
This view is from the little house we rented in the bush. Very exciting with all the roars and screeches in the night. (And that was just from inside the house, South African red wine is good!).
And the rush hour wasn't too bad getting there either...
I have some more photos from this and wildlife adventures so I'll add them here as I go through the archives.
There is on more thing though...
In this video below a circus Lion is being freed from his Circus incarceration.
Some say that animals don't have emotions but watch from the start where he falls over in the cage in the excited scrabble for freedom. Then the pussy kat changing moment when his paws feel the grass for the first time. Looking around at his new freedom, expression almost can't believe it, maybe worried it won't last to finally relaxing and feeling it with all his body.
Ahhhhhhh. A big sigh of relief.
I hope that sharing positive messages about the world around us can change it for the better.
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