Photo by @sjzwicker
| This is not a photograph that should exist nor is it one you should like unless to say you support the work of those like Samantha and @harry__turner
Who give these fellow sentient beings a second chance. Please also refrain from leaving comments about how cute he is or how much you’d love to hold an ocelot like him. You must understand: Keanu was ripped from the wild And his mother by humans who planned to sell him to someone who would keep him as a pet. When he grew in size and age and the wild in him broke through he would have had his teeth filed down, his claws may have been removed, and he would’ve been fed rice and sweet and condensed milk amongst other food items not healthy for cats until he died young. This is a post to celebrate those who give their lives over to giving wildlife a second chance. While it may look amazing to rewild orphaned wildlife, the truth is it is incredibly difficult, heart-wrenching work which requires great sacrifice. Harry for example has spent over 600 days in the amazon without leaving to ensure Keanu is successful. EDITED THOUGHTS: after reading my original caption I can see I could’ve been more tactful/compassionate. Let me add: if all you can spare is a week or two , volunteer locally. If your heart is set on helping abroad, perhaps ask if there are ways you can help from home. If you have special skills an org can use, that is different. I intended this to be targeted at volunteering at rescue centers where there is a problem of foreign volunteers wanting selfies with wildlife. If you think I’m wrong ask yourself why many rescue centers have banned volunteers from taking photos with wildlife and require longer time commitments? it concerns me how many people want photos with animals under the guise they are saving the world. Many organizations only take volunteers because they are desperate for money. This continues until they realize the money they get doesn’t even cover the volunteers stay.