When I connected with her, she showed me that she was very happy with her life and that the humans running the rescue, rehab, and release center (called The Toucan Rescue Ranch) are kind and heart-centered. (Now, of course I already knew this from when I was researching this trip, but I am REALLY happy she agreed!) After all, assisting animals so they can live the most natural, happy lives (whatever happy looks like for that particular animal) is one of my goals in life and one that I teach every day.
As a young child, I had a difficult time visiting zoos. I knew and felt that the animals in the zoos were not happy, even though the adults around me repeated the mantra, “these animals are for education, so it’s OK.” Regardless of what they told me, I did NOT think it was OK. That’s why it was important for me to put together a trip that aligned with my beliefs about animals. Connecting in with Millie, confirmed that I was on the right track because, as she said, the humans involved with her center have the same mission as me (the evolution of all – both animals and people!).
Now, I’m honored (and excited) that in April, we’ll be able to meet her in person. What a treat to connect with her live and in person!