I'm sure you can imagine why I felt connected to this photo by Renderosity member Krittermom called "Mia." I'm sure it has nothing to do with the statue saying, "Hope," correct? Nah, I don't think so. Anyway, I wanted to know some more details about this photo and so, I asked her to for more information!
Mia is one of the babies that took a piece of my heart with her. I had a call from a lady about 75 miles away. She wanted to know how to get her "pet fox" to eat. It is illegal to keep a fox here. She had trapped her and the kit had not eaten in 8 days. When wildlife law brought her to me, she was grieving. I had to let her lick yogurt off of my chin to get her to bond. She was 5 weeks old. As I raised her, I struggled to let her be wild but to not be so alone.
Mia loved to play and would run thru the house at top speed. When she was about 12 weeks old, she would sit in the window and look out with such a longing on her little face. She knew she belonged out there. We would play out every day and she would try to get me to just stay out with her. When she saw that I was going in, she would run to catch up.
I was eating breakfast one morning when I saw her sitting in the window again. I was torn between thinking what a beautiful picture and the hurt I felt for this amazing little animal. I took this picture for two reasons. The beauty of it, but also to remind me that all of my charges deserve the life they are supposed to have. They never belong in a cage or even in a house for their lifetime. They are to be free. This is my first and most important responsibility.
As much as I love them, I have to love them enough to let them be free. This picture hangs on my wall to remind me of this. that is why I do what I do. The long hours, the heartbreak when I cannot save one, the money, it is all nothing if I take away their hope.
I started a post on Renderosity to bring attention to people about wildlife. Several people follow my post and several have sent me email addresses. I am able to send them clips of my animals so that they can see and hear them. People from all over the world have responded to the pictures and stories. Faemike55 is one that follows me. Look at post of his "It's time to go home" done on 2/6/2016. Mike knows how much I love these animals, but that I also know I can no longer protect them when I release them. He took the time to combine his art with one of my photos. It was a very kind thing for him to do. I have this picture on my wall beside Mia's.