"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Although Nelson Mandela spoke these words, Cleo, the smallest cougar at Big Cat Rescue, embodied the essence of this truth. Her freedom, limited only by the harness that was embedded in her skin when she first arrived, represented the boundless spirit that would not be denied. The desire to be free was so strong, she endured great pain and suffering to allow a harness to be cut from her tiny body without biting or attacking.
Everyone will miss Cleo's physical presence at Big Cat Rescue. She was a shy spirit that didn't make herself known to alot of people. She had great respect for everyone who cared for her. She gave the founder, Carole Baskin, the freedom she needed to help her when her need was great. Cleo's desire was to have people become aware of what freedom truly is-allowing others to be who they are without control and domination. A tiny cougar who will continue to speak to the hearts of the spirits transforming our current world of limitation bringing forth the realization of the power of ONE. Thank you Cleo for your message of freedom and hope.