Opportunity knocks and who are we to keep the door closed on opportunities, 9 June 2011. Lilandi and I took our kingdom kids group to Lory Park Zoo for their annual end of term Sunday School outing. We had great fun with the children as for some of them it was their first time at a zoo and as it was father’s day they had special exhibits like a 3 meter red tail boa and tiny leopard tortoise hatchlings. There we met Mark Kingsmill from Earth Beat Echo who work with animals and was looking for a charity he could adopt, we got talking and he invited us to come with him to a wolf sanctuary and we agreed.
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October 2nd we rounded up 5 of our Kingdom Kids at 6am in the morning to take them to meet actual wolves at the Husky Romi Rescue and Wolf Sanctuary just outside of Reitz, Freestate. It was quite a drive to get there but it was worth it! This old cattle farm was converted into a home for 127 wolves and 66 huskies that were rescued from circus owners that mistreated these majestic animals, or from homes where people imported the wolves and just could not afford to keep them anymore. The kids were excited and scared at the same time - little did they know that they would be stroking and hugging a wolf by the end of the day. Mark taught the kids the 3 major differences between wolves and dogs and he helped them to overcome their fear of the wolves and by extension dogs.
After the lessons taught and learned we went to The Timber Wolf restaurant for some grub and good conversation.
It was such a great experience for all of us and its really great to see more of God’s creatures. And before you ask, a wolf can be deadly but it can also be a big, loving, overgrown puppy that just wants to be loved and cared for. Hugging a wolf is like hugging an 80kg teddy bear that likes to slobber J
In closing I would like to remind those of us who do own a pet, that we need to love and care for that animal as it is also one of God’s creations.
With Love in Christ