Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Once upon a time this beautiful black leopard was known as Diablo, "devil" in Spanish. Diablo had arrived at Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary from a zoo where he had been abused. He was unlike any other animal Jukani had rehabilitated before, aggressive and distrustful to a point where it seemed his would be a lost cause.

Jukani introduced Diablo to an animal communicator who helped serve as a mediator between Diablo and his caretakers. The meeting marked a turning point in the black leopard's story. Diablo asked Anna, the communicator, for reassurance about the two cubs he had been housed with before arriving at Jukani and made it clear that he disproved of the way that he was treated. He desired a kind of mutual respect and understanding. And he wanted his name changed.

That day, the black leopard left the privacy of his concrete shelter to explore his new enclosure, bigger than anything that had been offered to him as a home before, the first time he had done so in the six months since his arrival. From then on, he was calmer and more at peace with the world. Jukani renamed him Spirit and he now enjoys his own happily ever after, having been reunited with the two cubs, now fully grown female leopards, that he had been so worried for.