Jennifer Ruszczyk's Coordinator Notes for 2/25/2018
Great day today. Weather was awesome!! We had a great work group from the University of Tampa. They raked one of the bobcat cages and all around the cages. This was a most needed project and was led by Daniel.
2 loads of Laundry are done. We had a vulture rescue in Cam and Zabu's enclosure. We had sign offs for specialty tours and enrichment. Diablo got a special enrichment for his rescue anniversary. Tours were full and we had lots of Happy Visitors.
Note From Carole: When I arrived at the sanctuary I was stopped in my tracks by the majesty of Joseph Lion laying in the grass of the lake bank. His mane blew softly in the morning air and the sunrise glistened on the water and in the dew droplets in the grass. Birds were flying low and there was a cacophony of wildlife sounds welcoming another day. Joseph looked so content and it made me wonder how this old, broken down lion, could look so serene given that he must surely be in his last days of life.
It was a momentary glimpse into my own mortality and sort of a scene of what it's like to stand at the edge of the abyss and see the beauty on the other side beckoning. I don't know how long I stood there, lost in his power and tranquility. The spell was only broken by him yawning and falling over to sleep.
Later in the day, Joseph was quite attentive to his Keepers offering him food, but he'd just take it from them, as if to be polite, and then drop it on the ground. Much later in the day I rode past him on my bike, which always results in him looking up, if not fully waking. This time he didn't blink, so it caused me to turn around and make sure he was still breathing. He was, but I think he's gradually letting go of that cord that binds him to this caged life.