Fab Photo Friday – Don’t feed the animals

There are signs up all around most zoos warning you against feeding the animals, unless, of course, they provide you with something that’s animal-friendly. When I was visiting Vancouver about 10 years ago, we went to the Vancouver Zoo. It’s a really lovely zoo, too, with large natural enclosures for most of the animals. I really like giraffes so was excited to see them ambling around their space. When I spotted someone picking up twigs and leaves and feeding one, I *had* to do it too! I figured it would be ok, as it’s their natural food. It wasn’t like I was trying to feed them popcorn or chocolate or something!

I picked up a few twigs and went over by the fence.  I wasn’t afraid, exactly. I’ve never heard of anyone being savaged by a giraffe, after all. But you don’t realize how HUGE those animals are  until you see a head the size of a horse coming down at you from out of the sky and see that great, long, BLACK tongue snake out at your hand to gently remove the stick. Oh, Wow!

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That’s me, in full “EEK” mode watching for the safety of my fingers carefully!

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Ah, well that’s all right, then! Isn’t she lovely! (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a male, they were even bigger and taller!)

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