My Pal Cecil – By Reins Hagglemeyer

0 Comments 27 August 2013

My Pal Cecil

As many of you know researchers are now saying they have discovered a new mammal species called the Olinguito. This is a bear, cat, raccoon that swings through the jungles and mountains of South America. What many of you probably don’t know is that during my first visit to Ecuador in 2006 I first encountered this fuzzy little bastard during an ayahuasca retreat. When I returned stateside there wasn’t a researcher or animal enthusiast anywhere (I had learned of Steve Irwin’s death when I returned. Steve would have been a believer) that would listen to me as I proclaimed that I was swinging in jungles and eating fruit with a raccoon cat bear that I affectionately named Cecil.

Cecil and I spent four days running through jungles and over mountains. He told me of his big city dreams and I told him how many big cities smelled of urine due to the increase in homeless populations in the economic downturn. Cecil didn’t care. He vowed to one day be noticed on a global level. The more we talked the more he inspired me. His small frame packed such a powerful voice it was impossible not to be on board with his ideas for conservation and worldwide prosperity. As my trip was coming to an end Cecil and I said our goodbyes and he ran off into the jungle. When I got back to the commune the people there were enthralled with my story. But coming back to the U.S. it seemed everyone attributed my experience to the near lethal dose that I had taken. I knew he was real but I didn’t fight it. I knew if Cecil wanted to be found he would be.

Well Cecil you’ve been outed, you’ve got your name in lights. Hollywood will be calling, I just hope you can keep your head on straight or they will chew you up and spit you out just as they have done with my re-enacting career. ‘Till my next retreat remember to “keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground”- Teddy Roos.

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Pushing the Boudaries,
Reins Hagglemeyer

- who has written 512 posts on The Shade.

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