I love visiting the zoo. I'd never get to know these exotic animals any other way. On one visit I played a half hour game of toss-the-hay with a playful elephant. Each time she tossed me a gather of hay, she lifted her trunk and seemed to laugh in delight. Then she looked me straight in the eye as she waited to see if I would toss it back. How could I refuse her invitation to play? I think she was glad to find a willing friend that day. My soft gray Elephant was created in her honor.
I've had many fun encounters at zoos and wildlife parks. I've met a long-tongued giraffe who licked the salt off my baby brothers outstretched arm (much to my mother's horror), a rag doll panda, op-art zebras on the move, a roaring lion, a huge Siberian tiger who followed my husband's electric scooter back and forth across the front of its pen, chattering penguins, and even a group of hippos playing keep-away. I have a friend who gets to work with Lemurs every day. Our local wildlife sanctuary on Grandfather Mountain is home to a family of gentle black bears.
I have yet to meet a moose or a unicorn in person, but I can always hope.