No, you didn’t miss Day 3. We didn’t do anything “special” on that day- just speech and laundry and that was about it. Very low key and that was nice.

Today, has NOT been low-key. We have been going since our feet hit the floor this morning! After a special donut breakfast at Harlow’s, we went to Gone Wild Safari. It is one of those hop-on-a-bus-and-ride-through-a-park-feeding-animals-not-native-to-this-country type place. We told Sam it was a “zoo” because he didn’t understand what we were trying to describe with a safari. He enjoyed it. The coolest thing was that we got there as two buses were unloading TONS of kids from their special ride through tour. When we bought our tickets, the lady told us the next tour would start in 10 minutes. When the tour time came, we were the ONLY PEOPLE ON THE TOUR! It was amazing!! Our tour guide was able to “customize” our tour- like, “watch him he bites”, “she is very friendly”, “here, use some of my food to get the animals over here”, etc. We also learned some fun new facts about animals. Here is the most memorable to me…

Kangaroo moms can actually have two pregnancies going at one time. One embryo can be birthed, crawl into her pouch and grow into a joey. While that joey is in the pouch, she can birth another embryo and have it crawl into her pouch. If she has problems, she can “stop” the development of the embryo until the joey is completely out of the pouch and then “unfreeze” the embryo and grow it into a joey. How crazy/cool is that?!

Now, here are the pictures from our personal safari tour…

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Sam was slightly excited.

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The kangaroos…

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Sam’s first experience with an animal trying to stick its head in the bus.

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An ostrich wanted my food.

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See?!!?!

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This guy is in a lot of pictures. He followed us almost everywhere.

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These are not llamas but are in the llama family. They only have one set of teeth. They are missing their upper teeth.

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But, even if it is out of focus, this animal has a fun sense of humor. 🙂

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We thought these were Texas Longhorns but they aren’t- and I don’t remember exactly what they are called. However, the females horns curve sharply and the males are more flat. The one in the middle is a male.

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Oh, random lesson #2 of the tour- they rarely find shed antlers because squirrels eat them! How crazy is that?!

These were the only animals that kind of worried me with Sam because I was scared they would poke him with a horn. They kept using them to push each other out of the way.

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They wanted food!

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The calves are adorable!

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Sam was allowed to feed the more calmer llama that isn’t really a llama.

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Fallow deer buck. I think the lady said that the way to tell the difference is that fallow deer don’t lose their spots as they grow up.

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They were all just lying around…

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There is the newest little deer.

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Turtles…

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Asian water buffalo (they have these at our “regular” zoo, too!)

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This is actually a species of deer. They are extinct in the wild. Water MUST be a part of their habitat for them to thrive- they eat crawfish, and other water animals. They have 1 male and 1 female. As soon as a baby is weaned, it is sold to another zoo/safari place that has one of the opposite sex so they can keep reproducing. Pretty cool.

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Here comes our curly horned friend again…

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A female water buffalo.

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The camel just laid there the entire time! Eventually, once our official tour was over, we got to feed the camel though.

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The “blobs” you can barely see in the “cool barn” are reindeer. They currently have two and are hoping to get 8. Guess what these are named- yup… Dasher and Dancer! HA HA! They have appeared in popular Christmas movies- although the exact ones are leaving me now. One of them was also in a Mariah Carey music video. HA HA!

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Family picture time!

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Next, we took our two cups of food we bought (all the food on the bus was from the guide since we were a small group) and headed over to the petting zoo.

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This little piggy was Sam’s all-time favorite animal of the trip.

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Cute baby goats!

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Sam needed a potty break so I roamed while he and Travis visited the boy’s room. I like the feathers on the feet of this bird.

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Zebras!

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While I was taking pictures of the zebra, the camel decided to pay me a visit.

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So I fed him…

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It is VERY HARD to feed a camel and take a picture at the same time. 🙂
About this time, Travis and Sam returned and Travis took over feeding duties.

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On the way back to the petting zoo area, we saw this…

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The backside of a peacock!

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Beautiful!
I found a miniature pony!

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I think this goat is trying to beg for food…

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This crazy 4-horned goat looks tangled in the fence. Miraculously he isn’t!

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We found a Bethlehem donkey!

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We also found a VERY PREGNANT miniature horse…

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Check out the baby’s knee (?)…

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On our way back towards our car, we passed a goat on a tree.

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I also made two SHORT videos. Check them out below…


After this, we ate lunch and then headed home for naps. Sam had to rest up because he had a baseball game tonight as well!!

🙂
Steph