Our heartfelt gratitude to Caroline Hero and her family for sponsoring this day of sanctuary in memory of their parents, Stephen and Kathleen Hero.
“Christmas has always been a special time for our family, so the loss of our parents is most deeply felt during the holidays. They taught us love and respect for the World and all of it’s creatures, and though they are gone now, they are always in our hearts, not just on this special day, but on every day of the year. I know that they loved and respected the work you are doing for the family at Cle Elum and would be honored to celebrate this day with the chimps. Thank you all for everything you do every day of the year. A very Merry Christmas to you all! Forever in our hearts.”
This is really lovely, Caroline. We are so sorry for your family’s loss and understand how this time of year in particular can illuminate the space left from loved ones we’ve lost. Your parents sound like such wonderful humans and may this special season also continue to illuminate all your hearts hold for them. Thank you so much for including the chimpanzees and bovines in your special memories of them and for choosing to honor Stephen and Kathleen’s legacy in this way. Merry Christmas Eve, from all of us here!
Dora, Lucky and Cy:
Jody, Christmas past:
Burrito and Foxie:
Mark B. says
Great pix today and very heart-felt dedication from Caroline.
Linda C says
Thank you for honoring their memory by including the chimps, Caroline. wishing you peace in the coming year.
Katelyn, if you’re not on duty tomorrow, happy Christmas to you and all of the hoomans who keep the sanctuary running. Because chimps’ bellies don’t take vacations!
Thanks, Linda, same to you! And chimps’ bellies sure don’t take vacations, haha! 🙂
I am sorry for your loss. You are “Lucky” to have such blessed parents who taught you well. I am sure you will continue their legacy as well , like the “family” @ CLE ELUM do. May you&yours have joy, good health &blessings. during this season.
9 1/2 hours to go until Christmas morning…..a day of excitement, enjoyment, love, giving, and celebration……
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE CHIMPS AND ALL WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL-BEING…………:santa: