Most of us would like nothing better than to find real joy. Not only during this holiday season but in life generally. Somehow we get lost, and think stuff… the bigger, shinier and more high tech the better, will fill that need for real joy. Sadly, we’re wrong. Pleasure from things is but fleeting.
There is an old saying by Kahlil Gebran:
“The deeper that sorrow carves into you soul the more joy you can contain.”
Now he was on to something. None of us welcome sadness… Let alone deep felt sorrow. However, only when we are willing to risk caring and loving fully that real joy can come.
There is no better way to explain this than by stepping in to Baye’s life for a few moments.
Real joy goes hand in hand with deep sorrow
As Baye shared on Facebook…
A piece of my heart is missing and ironically another piece feels so full and happy that I got to share my life with this incredibly special Zebra!
It is with a broken heart I have to let you all know that 2 days ago we said goodbye to our gorgeous CityBoy and sent him to fly high with the stars and watch down over us.
When City Boy was rescued he had sustained an injury on his lower jaw causing him to lose his bottom teeth, with the hopes of them growing back, unfortunately they never did. Whilst on milk formula this was not a big issue but as he grew so did his food demands and as you know a Zebra’s diet consists of grass, ALOT of grass!
A few months back City Boy started showing signs that he was not able to gain enough fibre due to this disability, with the help of vets both locally and internationally we tried every solution under the sun to help City Boy. In the end it was evident without a new set of teeth, no matter how much supplement feeding we did there was nothing we could do for this boy- his condition had deteriorated so badly as well as other complications internally that occurred due to this issue that we knew it was kinder to let him be in peace.
One of the hardest days I have ever faced saying goodbye to one of my best friends, he was special in a way I can never describe other than he made me feel like I was home every moment I spent with him!
I just want to say thank you to Jo and the staff who have helped me so much during this time and for being so kind to City Boy in his last hours, he has been buried in my garden at the sanctuary so he can always be close to me and I thank the staff for doing this knowing how much he meant to me they were up until past midnight making this happen!
I love you CityBoy you gave us so much happiness and chaos too but were nothing but a pleasure to have in our lives, walking around the sanctuary without you around just doesn’t feel the same and I don’t think it ever will, fly high and I hope where ever you are they have given you a pearly white set of dentures and you are munching on fields of lush grass. Rest peacefully my special boy so are so missed!
Thank you Baye for caring so deeply. Thank you for risking so much pain each time you rescue and nurture the big and the small, the feathered and the furry that are brought to Free to be Wild.