I recently took a fantastic writing class from Dr. Eva Shaw called Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers through ed2go. We had an assignment to view the Africam that I didn't even know existed and be "inspired" to write a story.
I viewed the Cam and noticed Salome and her cubs. They have a live Cam where you can view various animals. The Africam and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre are awesome sites to view and learn from when it comes to endangered species of the wild. I didn't get to view the birth so my imagination went wild from just reviewing the area where they were located and being inspired by Salome. What a Mom!! Enjoy my practice piece. I enjoyed writing it and hope you will enjoy reading it.
The sunset was glowing red in the distant African plain on a hot April night in 2015. We knew the birth was nearing as we heard the cry of the wild as if to announce a new birth to add to its kingdom. Suddenly a sense of stillness settled over the plain as Salome the mother Cheetah stretched out along the hay. She was ready to bring forth the cubs that pulsed within her and introduce them to the waiting world.
Salome was a captive Cheetah, who not knowingly, was on a mission to helping the world repopulate her species in the wild of Africa. As she gently turned over in her bed of hay she pushed each of her five cubs gently into her world.
Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) maternity ward volunteers as well as people all over the world that viewed the live camera internet feed cheered her on. Salome didn’t realize she was suddenly a superstar Mother on the world stage saving her species of Cheetahs!
Two months after their birth there was still no denying that Salome’s cub will eventually branch out into the wild and roam the plains of their African heritage. Yes, it was a success and Salome is a superstar Mom as she cuddles close to her cubs in the dark of night. They gently push against Salome and snuggling into her bosom with an expression of love written across their face.
As the sun rises across the horizon, the Cubs are just one more day closer to leaving. They unknowingly will continue their mother’s legacy and one day their own superstar.