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We Need Many More Like Her





From an Associated Press Story and Photo

By Inaldo Perez



Through the bars of his cage, an African lion named Jupiter stretches his giant paws around the neck of Ana Julia Torres, and plants a huge kiss on her lips.


Could this be a kiss of gratitude?


Since Jupiter was rescued six years ago from a life of abuse and malnutrition in a traveling circus, Ana Julia Torres has fed and nursed him back to health at her Villa Lorena shelter for injured and mistreated animals in Columbia.


"Here we have animals that are lame, missing limbs, blind, cross-eyed, and disabled," said Torres, 47, who relies on donations and her own modest teacher's salary to run the shelter in a poor neighborhood in the southern city of Cali.


"They come to us malnourished, wounded, burned, stabbed, and with gunshot wounds."


Torres said her work rehabilitating animals began more than a decade ago when a friend gave her an owl that had been kept as a pet. Later, when she asked her school students to bring their pets to school, she realized that many families illegally kept wild fauna from Colombia's biologically diverse jungles in their homes.


The number of injured and abused animals under her care soon grew, and today Jupiter is among 800 recovering creatures at Villa Lorena - from burned peacocks and limbless flamingos to blind monkeys and mutilated elephants.


Torres said many of the animals were rejected as infants by their parents in the wild or found abandoned on the streets of Cali, a city of 2 million.  Many others were rescued from extremely cruel treatment by their owners.


Torres said that of all the animals she has cared for, she is proudest of having rescued Yeyo, a now-deceased spider monkey who had suffered violent, drunken beatings at the hands of an alcoholic owner.


"The monkey would scream every time it was beaten, until one day the police came and found the wall covered in blood," she said.


Two veterinarians saved Yeyo from death, though it lost an eye and its teeth from the abuse. Yeyo remained terrified of most people, cowering in the corner of his cage at the sound of footsteps, she said.


Torres opposes exhibiting animals in circuses, and has therefore, kept her shelter closed to the public.


"We want the animals here to live in peace," Torres said. "All their life they were shown cruelty - this is a paradise where they can finally rest."


Our world truly needs many more compassionate human beings like Ana Julia Torres.


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Reviewed by Jennifer Holly MacDonald 3/12/2010
Thank you for sharing this even though it brought a tear or two up. Animal abuse depresses me deeply and I have suffered a great deal over the various ways that many humans abuse animals. To hear of others that are doing remarkable things (this woman's strength and character is seriously amazing) helps me 'to keep the fire burning' as I do my part to end the suffering of animals.
Thank you so much for sharing this, I really wish I could meet this woman just to shake her hand, maybe some of her strength would rub off on me :-)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/14/2008
Well brother, sorry that I missed it (one of Ad usual screw ups) but after seeing Karen Palumbo's article and yours, it assured me that people do care, and that humany, rotten as it is, is not so rotten.
From me and all the suffering creatures...thaks a million.

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 1/12/2007
I saw this picture. The world and animals do need more compassionate people. Great write up !.......M
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 1/11/2007
AMEN! to your final line. This woman is truly an Angel, looked over by St. Francis himself! She is beyond compassionate...

Thanks for passing on to us this article, Ed.

Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 1/9/2007
What a wonderfully touching story...Thank God they're are those who can have the courage and compassion to care for these animals...The picture is fantastic! God Bless her!
Thanks for sharing this~ Mr Ed
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 1/9/2007
Although I would never trust a wild animal like this photo portrays, the caring and work she does with abused and injured animals is beyond reproach. Bless her. Thanks for your tribute, Ed.

Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by Michael Mathieu 1/9/2007
A tribute to a wonderful person indeed.
Thanks for sharing...
God Bless,
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 1/8/2007
i agree with you-what a decent thing
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/8/2007
Awwwwww this is beautiful...I would not mind a kiss from that old guy...just hope his breath does not stink...or yours smells like meat...he will eat you in one bite!!

Thanks for sharing Eddie!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 1/8/2007
Thank you but no thank you - I don't trust lions and snakes as well as other animals. Some people I don't trust either. Marguerite

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