"C'mon Boy..." Sudan
Seriously, how can you not LOVE this man-beautiful, handsome sweet face?
It seems I had had ants in my pants about this day for two and a half months or 86 days to be exact. But who's counting. Seeing this guy up close and personal. Touching him (if I was lucky-I was).
I had pre-booked the event through the Ol Pejeta website for my second day in Kenya, during my three day stay at Serena Sweetwaters Tented Camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The fellow picking me up from the Morani Center was late. I was hopping around the reception desk at Sweetwaters chirping away, driving them nuts; "Is he on his way, is he coming?" Trying to keep the silly grin off my face.
Kenyan time...? I was expecting him at 2:30 pm. Every 10 to 15 minutes for the next hour and a half I kept asking and they kept calling to see where he'd gotten himself off to. I was patiently reassured time and again-"Yessss, he is on his way".
He did get there and we drove about 15 minutes to reach the 600 acre Endangered Species Enclosure. Home to Sudan, Fatu, Najin, Baraka and many other animals.
Upon arriving at the enclosure where the Northern White Rhinos meet for High Tea,(carrots and hay) Joseph took over as my guide. While I was struggling with my over zealous enthusiasm and my newish camera, he took over the cell phone camera to capture numerous candid shots of Sudan and the girls.
As we were preparing to go from our visit with these three rarities to see Baraka, Joseph was attempting to get Sudan, who had finished his hay and carrots to move out of the feeding area. Luring him from there with a sing-song repetition in different tones of "C'mon boy, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon....boy..."
Imagine... your eyes are closed and you are beamed into a surprise somewhere on the planet. Hearing this dialogue, you would certainly not expect to open your eyes and see this amazing visage in front of your own!!!
I adore this photo of him-written plain as day across this noble old face-curiosity, trust, serenity.
Wishing I could express to him somehow, this inexplicable and overwhelming feeling of love and compassion for him and his brethren. For this sweet soul and creature I do not even know. Wanting to protect this massive beast and his friends-loathe to leave, knowing I will likely never see him again, only this precious photo of him which I will treasure the rest of my days.
Thank you Sudan, Najin, Fatu, Baraka, other beasties, my driver and Joseph for making this day one of the best in my life!!!
Next day...flat on my back sick as a dog. BUT...I GOT TO SEE THE NORTHERN WHITE RHINOS the day before, so, all good. :-)
But that's another story...