Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Rest in Peace

Apache
May 5, 1997 - March 10, 2010


"We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes - something known only to her and to the mountain."
~ Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac


I couldn't help but recall this essay when the fire within the eyes of our benevolent leader slowly faded this afternoon. Apache the ambassador wolf died today from cancer. It's difficult to find words, perhaps that is why I am borrowing some of Aldo Leopold's most powerful ones from "Thinking Like a Mountain." It is unlikely that Leopold could have imagined the far-reaching impact his words would have. Apache's influence was great as well, he touched all who were lucky enough to hear his howl.

15 comments:

Diane Bentivegna said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear this news! So sorry! Apache was a such gift to us - a gift that inspired us to pause, reflect, and learn from another brethren with whom we share our earth! God speed, Apache. You will be missed!

To all those at the WCS, you have my sincerest sympathies.

Shari said...

Oh, no! Poor Apache! What a beautiful soul. You can see in his eyes. I'm glad his suffering has ceased. I'm sure you took the best care of him and gave him a good life.

Dot said...

Such sad news...and we just heard about him at the Spirit Gallery/Atka photo shoot. Thinking of all of you.

Gaƫl said...

j'ai vu Apache ce soir ,
bonsoir salut amis de la terre,
from Murat, Cantal, France ***

Nick and Chiara said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Apache was the first wolf that my daughter and I got to "meet." Our deepest sympathies to the WCS. May he howl in heaven tonight.

Richard Paris said...

Apache was the most amazing creature I have ever seen and had the privelage to wok with. He accepted me and I will never forget him. We howled together and I loved giving him cheese and liverwurst. I can't tell you all how much I have missed being away from the wolf center and especially Apache. His spirit will always live on and now he can be the pack leader in God's forest.

Jen Bernstein said...

So sorry to hear about the WCC loss....my thoughts are with you.

Jean Luc said...

Thanks you Apache for the good job you did by helping people to better understand how important it is to have wolves in the wild.

Jarred S. said...

I can't believe I was one of the few to see him just a few days before he went. Such an amazing wolf. My condolences. He had an amazing spirit and a howl I will never forget.

Frau Blaubaer said...

So we were glad to see him last year when we came from germany to visit the WCC.
to all of you overthere, our thoughts are with you.
Birgit and Lukas from Adelebsen, Lower-Saxonia

Florence M said...

My eyes are filled with tears reading the news. I will always treasure some incredible moments spent with Apache and the guys just after the opening of the Center back in August 1999. These memories will never fade away and I know i wouldn't be the person i am today if i hadn't had this privilege to meet him.
My condoleances to everyone at the WCC. My thoughts are with you. XO
Florence

Bob Holt said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. Apache was such a gentle spirit and we are all so fortunate to have had the chance to meet him. And he is so fortunate to have been in such good care all these years. Godspeed on your new journey, Apache.....

Jaqui O said...

For all the years I have brought my students to meet the Ambassador Wolves, Apache was there to welcome us with his hearty howl. Heaven just gained another angel! Sad for us, though. We will always remember him and the important life lessons we learned about Nature and the importance of her top predators. Bon Voyage, dear friend. We will miss you.

Tim and Ann Parrett-Meriden said...

Thank-you, Apache for allowing us to share some special time with you this past summer. Your life was well lived and you taught many through your friendly and plentiful howls that wolves too deserve respect and have a very distinct purpose on our earth. Your voice is not silenced. You now howl up past earth to heaven. Be young, healthy and free again. Be part of a much greater pack. Until we all meet again some day. Rest in peace. Here's to you Apache.Ahhh-oooooooo!! Tim and Ann Parrett-Meriden, CT

Linnea said...

Good hunting on the Rainbow Bridge, beautiful Apache.