Written by Glen Vena, Animal Care Manager
It is quiet on the reserve at this time of year and there have not been many guests, but caring for the cats have been keeping us busy as usual.
Sirius, rehomed from Monaco Zoo in January 2008
He looks very well and we are happy that he is more comfortable around people now as we see much more of him.
During feeding he still grabs his food and runs off and he has this spot in the bushes that he loves to go to, and sit under, to eat. He will look at us through the bushes and now and then he would give a growl or two to say he is still there and has an eye on us. He never leaves anything behind, whatever you give him, he will finish.
Ma Juah, rescued from a zoo in Liberia in July 2004, and Achee rehomed from a private home in Romania in September 2004
One night this month we had a bit of thunder and lightning. All the cats respond differently to these elements that Mother Nature introduces us to and it seems Ma Juah does not like this sort of weather. We did not see MJ for almost a whole day afterwards and poor Sidney was very worried.
She emerged at the end of the day, seeming just as normal. She probably wondered what the fuss was all about: the calling, the shouting, the hooting and now and then some small logs flying over the fence into the bushes, to see if we could observe any movement. Now I know better that she is not good friends with thunder and lightning I will have a word or two with THOR – hehehe
Otherwise the girls are well and MJ has recovered 100%from her lick granuloma.
Achee can be very playful and sometimes she will instigate a wrestling match with Ma Juah and it is very nice to see her and MJ playing like that. They would wrestle each other and MJ would chase her around the bushes … yes that same MJ who was stumbling around when she came here to our sanctuary many years ago. It is wonderful to see her being herself, being a lion, she is making the best of what was taken from her and she is happy and that steals my heart each time I see her like this. She is a survivor.
Achee well I think she makes a big part of Ma Juah, and Ma Juah makes who Achee is. They depend on each other.