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Global Wildlife

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday before last we took three of our kids, our grandson, and my mother-in-law to Global Wildlife in Folsom, Louisiana, about 20 minutes away. Here's their website in case you'd like to see it: globalwildlife.com/

Wherever you go in southeast Louisiana, if you visit long enough with someone, even complete strangers, you will eventually discuss three things: the weather, the Saints, and Katrina. No doubt about it. As we neared the highest elevation on site, which is nothing more than a gentle rise, really, the tour guide told us how hard it was for the staff to evacuate and leave the animals there as Katrina approached. Some of the staff lives nearby and were able to check on the place as soon as the worst of the storm passed. What they found just blew me away. All of the animals, even the mean zebras, were laying on that area of slight elevation, shoulder to shoulder in a long, long line. That's how they hunkered down to wait out the storm together. When they were able to return to the site, they discovered that not one animal was killed during Katrina's wrath. Not only were all the animals safe, but three babies had been born during the hurricane.

What wonderful lessons we are able to learn from wildlife. When the storms of life approach, we are often inclined to run, screaming, crying, complaining, or to isolate, sulking, pouting, fretting alone. Instead, if we join forces with our neighbors and friends, even the ones who can be quite mean, folks we'd ordinarily avoid, and brave the storms, shoulder to shoulder, pooling our strength, our warmth, our courage, then we are more likely to still be standing once the storm has passed.

This is our son, Billy, feeding the cow. She's a pro at how to get that cup of feed!

I'm thinking tasty, low-fat bison burgers!

The camels are nearly bald in summer but still had their cool winter coats when we were there.

Our tour guide had a special spot in her heart for this guy. It looks like the feeling is mutual, too!

There were several species of cattle there.

These little donkeys are the ones that Eeyore and the Shrek Donkey are fashioned after. Bill had a hard time getitng a photo because that mama was protective of her baby. Isn't his baby coat pretty?!

Trying to pet or feed the zebras would end the tour instantly. We were told if the zebras like you, they will bite you. If they don't like you, they will bite you harder! lol They can easily take a person's fingers off with one CHOMP. Since it was actually the anniversary of cutting my little toe off in a treadmill mishap, I DEFINITELY did not want to celebrate the event but losing several fingers. So we left those beautiful zebras alone!!

Because the ground was so soft from our recent maniacal rains the train was unable to go to where the giraffes and lamas were hanging out and the only photo we got of the kangaroos didn't come out so well. Then we have my favorite characters, the two-legged critters! I was only able to hold onto Heath for a moment before he began exploring our train car neighbors and the buckets of feed.

Heath had multiple uses for the feed bucket and our new little pal, Issy, was intrigued! (Already he's a little flirt! lol)

Even Mama was having a hard time holding onto Heath. There was just so much to see and do!

Our youngest, Melanie, 12, was pretty bored with it all. I really think that 12 year old girls are among the most curious of all the critters there!

Dad finally gave up the camera long enough to let one of our train-mates take a shot of our whole crew:

I hope you enjoyed sharing a visit to Global Wildlife with us!



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    I am so glad I hunted up your blog! I don't know why my notices quit telling me you'd blogged! I LOVE your blogs! Thanks for sharing this with us! Lori emoticon

    p.s. I hope everyone is well!
    2897 days ago
    Fortunately,many people did extend themselves and their provisions and hunkered down together.I had a very close relative that offered refuge to her neighbors because she had a second floor apartment .Yeah,I remember when hurricane talk centered around Bessie and Camille ,but Katrina took the cake and I'm sure will make the annals of history..What probably won't make the books-the toll Katrina took on the
    "survivors" physically,psychologically,socially and emotionally.I put survivors in quote marks because everyone that eventually made it out of New Orleans isn't living nor"living".

    Your post is very inspiring .I agree we can learn a lot from animals ,especially compassion and care.I'm always happy to see people that have managed to stay faithful , hopeful ,and keep first things first-God and family.
    2898 days ago
    Oh so beautiful! I had no idea that was there in Folsom! And yes, you are right: Katrina, Saints & weather! I miss Louisiana emoticon
    2899 days ago
    Thank you so much Missy for sharing!! loved the photos especially of your Family!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2900 days ago
    I loved seeing your pics. We have a large zoo near here in Toronto. We don't go often now, but when our kids were young we had a year round pass. It filled in many a rainy morning on the weekends. LOL The pic of your family is one to treasure. The older they get, the fewer the pics. Thanks for the tour,

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    2902 days ago
    What great pics and a really great story! I imagine that was quite the site to see when they returned to the zoo!
    2904 days ago
    Thanks Missy for sharing the beautiful pictures. Y'all look like you had a wonderful time. The story of the animals hunkering together on the high ground during the storm made this another inspiring blog.

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    2905 days ago
  • SJG1953
    What a lovely trip. The animals are beautiful. Your family is awesome! Thanks for sharing. I sure enjoyed reading it. Blessings, Shirley
    2905 days ago
    What an awesome trip. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us. I feel as if I were there with you. Love, Dawn
    2905 days ago
    Aww.. what a beautiful family you have! That place looks like fun! It really is amazing what we can learn from "wildlife".. Awesome!
    2905 days ago
    This looks like a lot of fun. It's amazing what the animal kingdom can teach us humans sometime. My pastor always says, " Look at cattle, in a field when it's storming outside. They just go about their business eating, like nothing is going on around them. Like they don't have a care in the world. They are just doing their job eating!" He says that's how we need to be in the storms of our lives. It's our job to trust and leave our worries to God! I think it's quite a good analogy. I'm glad you all had a really good day. It's always good to have good quality family time together. Sometimes there's nothing better!
    2905 days ago
  • GABY1948
    What a wonderful blog, Missy. I love animals...all kinds. And your family just gets more and more beautiful!
    2905 days ago
    Ohhhh fun...Heath looks good in the photos. Love Zebras...didn't know they were so cranky...
    2905 days ago
    Missy that was cool. And what an interesting thing about the animals are Katrina, I am suprised. I am so glad you had a nice time.
    thank you for sharing.
    2905 days ago
    What a neat blog! Thank you for the story about the animals surviving Katrina and the GREAT pictures of your family! Ah, memories are made and cherished from trips like yours! emoticon Vikki
    2906 days ago
    Oh Missy it looks like you had a wonderful time and definitely stay away from the giraff's! LOL!!

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    2906 days ago
    Love the pictures. I love the story of all the animals laying side by side.
    2906 days ago
    Thanks for the photos! They make things so much more fun to see it all! emoticon Lori
    2906 days ago
    Thanks for sharing! My favorite part was the storm story of how the animals acted.Guess we can learn a lesson or two from nature, but I think God made it that way!
    2906 days ago
    What a wonderful day! I never knew Zebra's were so...finger hungry? LOL I love the pictures; makes me feel like I was right there with you all! I am so glad you all had such a great time!

    2906 days ago
    Loved your travelogue and impressive photos. -- Lou
    2906 days ago
    I've always wanted to go. Thanks for giving us a peek at how much fun we can have!
    2906 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing! As Linda said, the pics and the blog made me feel just like I was there touring along with you all.

    But the tale of the animals hunkering down and survival through Katrina and your summation of the result, meant so much. I just had to copy this sentence to my file of inspirational quotes: " Instead, if we join forces with our neighbors and friends, even the ones who can be quite mean, folks we'd ordinarily avoid, and brave the storms, shoulder to shoulder, pooling our strength, our warmth, our courage, then we are more likely to still be standing once the storm has passed."

    You truly are inspirational!! emoticon
    2906 days ago
    What wonderful pictures. Shawn loves that place, but I've never been. Looks like we'll be going soon.
    2906 days ago
    What a fun day! Thanks for sharing it. emoticon
    2906 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. That's a great reminder,to hunker down together. I do tend to isolate when times get tough, and it only makes the situation harder to endure. I'm so glad you took the time to share this experience with us. emoticon
    2906 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Missy I felt like I was there your pictures our great thanks for sharing them with us . Hope you have a great week.God bless. emoticon emoticon
    2906 days ago
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