Lunch with old friends
We’ve been to Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan before on few occasions, but there’s just something about
that keeps us coming back year after year.
Of course, my Anna, the animal lover extraordinaire, can’t get enough of these beautiful creatures. Who can blame her? They’re beautiful, peaceful, quiet, charming… and taller than a house.
Anyway, the highlight of any trip to Binder Park is visiting the giraffes. Up on a platform at one extreme edge of their grassland home, visitors can purchase giraffe crackers (?) or lettuce leaves to feed the gentle giants. We arrived early in the day, before the crowds, and had to wait for the giraffes to notice us. When they did, they sauntered over, greeted us with looks from those giant, soulful eyes of theirs, and proceeded to…
stick their tongues out at us.
It turns out that giraffe tongues are as remarkable as giraffe necks. Well, almost. Anyway, they’re long and friendly and able to manoeuvre through a rope fence with ease when they’re lunch to be had.
Oh – along the path to the giraffe feeding platform are some fun looking, but overly stereotyped, ‘African’ masks on the fence. Anna thought she ought to mimic them, and I thought I ought to take her picture while she did it.