A Visit With Belle and Bowie At The Zoo…

On Wednesday, January 22, 2014, I took a small trip to the zoo.   It’s been weeks since I’ve seen the babies, I’ve had so much going on with my dance showcase at the YMCA with rehearsals and performances.   I did stop by the day after my performance on January 15, but it was too cold and they weren’t out when I was there and they keep them inside when the temperature is too cold.

I thought they would have grown more than they did, because it seems as if it’s been so long since I’ve been there to see them, but they are still babies and still so small and so much fun to watch.  I planned on just staying 15 minutes, but that 15 minutes turned into an hour and a half!   When I first got there, Belle and Bowie were both nursing on their moms (Belle’s mom is Rasha and Bowie’s is Bluebonnet). They were a little quiet and subdued… then about a half hour later, they started playing.  I just love watching them play.  The moms keep them under control when they get a little too crazy and they will swat them with their trunks.    When I first saw that happen, it disturbed me a little, then I realized, it’s just the mom reprimanding their babies.    Bowie was especially active and he was jumping on Belle, and burying his head in the sand… I feel so privileged to be able to live somewhere that I am able to experience the growth of these two little baby elephants.

The Fort Worth Zoo is in the process of expanding the area for the elephants to accommodate their growing herd, they recently announced it on their Facebook page.

Casey (the one tusked male elephant) was in his area (they keep the males and females separate, just as it would be in the wild) but I noticed that he spent most of his time at the fence watching the females and babies.    I also noticed that Angel (one of the females) spent a lot of time in the corner watching Casey… hmmm… I wonder if something is going on there?

I am posting some photos of the babies playing and some of the adults.   I also visited the orangoutangs, the meerkats and flamingoes…

I hope you enjoy the photos, and again, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Laura Lynne

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