8.01.2015

CATURDAY ART ~ Honoring Cecil, a lion king



My love affair with cats began in my twenty-something salad days when I was a FONZ, Friend of the National Zoo, in Washington, DC, doing volunteer behavior watches on lions and tigers (and even the giant pandas when they first arrived here) ~ though the cats were always my favorites. 

This black and white, pen-and-ink sketch of a lion was done from a photograph taken during those years. It seemed appropriate to post this image at this time, in memory of the majestic lion Cecil, who just crossed his rainbow bridge ~ too soon, too tragically, wrongfully.

The Trout Talkin Tabbies forwarded us a petition, now widely circulated, and we provide the link below.  All are encouraged to visit this link, if comfortable doing so, sign the petition.  Though it may be a long and difficult process, let us hope this small gesture of one by one can bring significant change.  Cecil was one of many, too many.   

19 comments:

  1. What a great sketch. That is really nice and what a great tribute to Cecil. Too bad all that hunting can't be stopped. It is so awful to be killing all those animals.

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  2. Beautiful portrait and tribute to Cecil.

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  3. Beautiful sketch, we signed the petition.

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  4. This senseless tragedy makes us all so unhappy. We will never understand the greed and egotism that allows a human being to play "God" and destroy the beauty of our earth, whether it be wildlife or their habitats. Mom signed the petition. Also wanted to tell you how much we like your current header. It is so eye catching. Hope to see you for Sunday Selfies tomorrow. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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  5. That is such a lovely sketch of the magnificent creature, the lion. RIP, Cecil. We hope all his cubs will be OK.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  6. Beautiful sketch, and wonderful tribute to Cecil. Purrs

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  7. Beautifully done...

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  8. Beautiful sketch! Our mama was madder then fire when she heard about Cecil. All this senseless killing of animals needs to stop!!

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  9. This is such a beautiful tribute for Cecil. We don't get why some humans can be so cruel and cold-hearted. It's not fair. RIP Cecil and all the animals that suffer at the hands of man.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  10. What a beautiful testament to a majestic cat.
    Happy Caturday!
    Purrs,
    Annabelle, Boo, Ping and Mr Jinx

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  11. Thank you - an unspeakable tragedy. I have already signed the petition, but thank you for sharing it for those that might not have. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/ZoeyGang

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  12. What a lovely tribute to Cecil. We will never never understand what motivates people to kill wild animals just for the sake of a trophy, or just for the sake of killing. These are despicable humans. And now Mom just read that Cecil's brother Jericho was killed TODAY!

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  13. That is a beautiful sketch and tribute to Cecil.

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  14. That was one cowardly lion who took the life of Cecil. Great tribute.

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  15. We were so sorry ta hear about Cecil. And now his brofur who seems to have been caring for the cubs has been killed too. That means the end for them as well...

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  16. Awesome sketch to honor Cecil.. What a sweet and timely thing to do! Thank you!

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  17. I signed the petition (and a few others) the other day...the drawing is wonderful, my heart is broken for that majestic lion Cecil. Beyond sad.

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  18. What a great drawing. You are talented. And it is perfect to post in memory of Cecil. We are against trophy hunting to begin with, but to illegally kill a hunting "trophy" is despicable.

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  19. Beautiful drawing! We LOVE it!
    Nellie & Mommy

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