Hello, friends and dear family!
Wow, what a week! I don’t know if I can even begin to describe to you just how incredible this place and its people are. This week I want to talk about meaningful things that happened this week and how different Africa is from the US; the culture, the people, the earth, everything. So here goes!
This week we did a lot of cleaning of lion enclosures as usual. Every morning we cover at least two as you may remember from last time. This week we cleaned my favorite lion’s enclosure (Gaucho). I was immediately struck by how different this lion is from the others. By the way, I’m going to go on a tangent for a second. These animals each have their own personality, they are so charismatic in their own way, and anyone who goes so far to say that an animal doesn’t have a soul, well you couldn’t be more wrong. And honestly, if you think that, then I dare you to crawl into the lion’s den like I did this week. Anyways, Gaucho. He doesn’t eat the bones of his chickens. He completely strips the skin of feathers and the flesh from the bone. I found several perfect little chicken skeletons (sans the heads, he seems to like those) in a neat little pile. Then his “house” as they call it here, or his den, was full of feathers. So many that you couldn’t see the earth beneath. I crawled into his den on my hands and knees and gathered the feathers. Then I sat there laughing because I was literally in a lion’s den, seeing what he sees. You may not find that quite so funny as I do, but it was something that struck me pretty deep this week.
|Ringo and Aneta|
|The beautiful night sky|
So that is where I leave you, friends. My heart is truly happy here. And knowing that I’m right where I’m meant to be is all I need.