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  • Cindar was a beautiful, vibrant, black wolf. One evening when she didn’t look well, we brought her into the cabin. She seemed terribly vulnerable, so we asked Summer, a vet, to examine her. X-rays showed congested lungs, and Summer diagnosed severe pneumonia. Although we started Cindar on heavy antibiotics, none of us felt right about the diagnosis. How could pneumonia take hold so suddenly and strongly in a healthy young wolf? One night Summer woke up with a new diagnosis: Cindar had a lung torsion, a twisted lung. With the blood supply cut off, a part of the lung died, filling the rest with fluid from a massive infection. No one local could perform the necessary surgery, so we frantically made arrangements for Jean to rush Cindar to a specialist in Salt Lake City. Cindar died on the way there.

    Whenever we lose an animal from an unknown cause, or in this case an unusual one, we have an autopsy done to be sure the other animals are not at risk. Cindar’s autopsy confirmed Summer’s diagnosis. But why would a healthy young wolf die of such a rare illness? Summer said she probably wouldn’t see another lung torsion in her lifetime. Trying to understand, Jean and I eventually remembered that in Traditional Chinese Medicine each organ has not only its own function and vibrational frequency but also holds the energy of a specific emotion. The emotion associated with the lungs is grief. It depletes the lungs and causes them to contract. If people with lung problems suffer from deep sadness, why not wolves?

    Now we wondered about the possible causes for Cindar’s grief. There were no recent losses or changes at Earthfire, and then the same explanation suddenly occurred to both of us: hunters in Idaho had recently begun to kill wolves. Not only were they shooting them, they were rejoicing in the killings. Many in the Rocky Mountain states want to eliminate wolves by whatever means, and they regard the wolves’ suffering as irrelevant and justified. The governor of Idaho himself held a rally on the state house steps to declare that he wanted to be the first to shoot a wolf when the ban was lifted. There is considerable documented evidence that wolves are telepathic among their packs across long distances, much like our experience with Thunder’s passing and the wolves that responded with mournful howling. Is it possible that Cindar was feeling the pain of her nearby kin?

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