Let's first take a moment of silence for this little guy. He didn't live past his first month birthday. Not sure of the cause of death. Either epilepsy or an infection in his umbilical cord. His poor mother, Uzari, has given birth to three babies, all of which have passed away at a young age.
This picture was taken during my visit to the zoo last month:
We visited the zoo yesterday and I was shocked to learn of the baby giraffes passing, however I was still anxious to feed the giraffes.
I was the first in line.
We were warned that the giraffes were rambunctious.
I was clueless as to just HOW rambunctious they really were.
Apparently there was another mother giraffe ready to give birth any day now. Hormones were raging in the air. "Gully" the male giraffe that the zoo uses for breeding was horny!
Seriously. I am not kidding.
We tried to feed Uzari, the mother giraffe that had just lost her baby, but Gully would not let her have anything to eat.
Typical guy. Not wanting to let his girl get fat?
Well, all that was on his mind was sex. Yep!! He tried and we watched.
We stood there in shock. Some parents were covering children's eyes.
I couldn't even take pictures. I was that embarrassed, violated, grossed out, and mentally scarred for life.
The good news is that Uzari, the smaller of the two shown above, is on birth control. The zoo is not sure they want her to have any more babies until they can figure out why here babies are so unhealthy.
Next up, the fighting tigers. Yep, they brawled. We watched, it was scary. Ask Carson about it, he saw the whole thing go down and loves to tell the stories of the fighting tigers. His sound effects are pretty good too!!
After that we opted for a nice calm train ride around Roeding Park.
Then lunch at The Cheesecake Factory.
Exciting morning to say the least.