Sara Lou came to RAPS as a feral young adult with her nearly identical sister Sara Lee.
Sara Lou was so upset about her new surroundings that she not only chewed her way out of the cage the sisters had been put in, but out of the building in which the cage was located. Although she thankfully didn’t make it out of the sanctuary altogether, she put such an effort into resisting capture that RAPS staff in the end thought it best to respect her wishes.
As a result, while Sara Lee’s regular contact with staff and volunteers taught her to trust humans early on, Sara Lou never really did tame up. After over eight years at the sanctuary, it’s only been fairly recently that she’s begun to allow people to get close enough that she might consider sniffing a finger tip.
Luckily for me, posing for photos is now well within her comfort zone. Attempts to make actual contact, though, were repeatedly greeted with a neat little scoot just out of reach… followed by an equally neat little look-at-me pose. Progress? Sure. Slow but sure.