A few days ago I found out about the sad news of a beautiful creature who sadly died. In care of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a wonderful charity that rescues and raises orphaned elephants and other animals in Africa before returning them to a free and natural life in the wild, a beautiful baby hippo called ‘Humpty’ captured everyone’s hearts. Humpty was rescued after being found alone stuck in a drying mud pool. Alone and without her mother she would have died had it not been for the wonderful people at the Trust who rescued her and then tried to raise her. It was the first baby hippo they had every tried to raise and she was doing very well until she became suddenly ill and died shortly after. As a deep animal lover I was touched by Humpty’s rescue and have felt so saddened by her sudden death. She did, however, have several beautiful months of happiness which she wouldn’t have without being rescued.
Humpty’s death, like the death of so many of our beloved creatures and loved ones can be very hard to cope with, but we must focus on the happy times and the love we have for them. I’ve written a poem which I hope many may relate to. It was my poem for Humpty, but it’s also what I felt when a close individual died.
Goodbye Dear Soul
A beautiful soul, now have passed,
You left this world, all too fast.
A void now where you did depart,
An empty space in my heart.
Your time was not meant so soon,
If only you, I could cocoon.
Protect and save from life askew,
Now empty space, I have in lieu.
Your stay was not meant to be,
Tether to world, now set free.
Your beauty, light, will shine always,
Love in heart, a burning blaze.
Remember you for evermore,
Your soul now free, at peace to soar.
To read more about what happened please click here. This is a video commemorating beautiful Humpty:
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