Skip to main content

Rescue Center...


This ostrich was a hoot! She just thought she was "all that". LOL! She came right up to us and then proceeded to follow us around her area. Kyalynn liked her and even sang her a song. :)

This was Kyalynn's favorite part....the giant tortise.(sp?!) She wanted to get in there with them and love on 'em but I didn't think the staff nor the turtles would appreciate that. LOL!
I asked Sean last Saturday if we could go to the zoo. Ok, ok, I begged really. I LOVE the zoo but it makes for a very long day what with the 2+ hour drive and then to really see it all and the drive home. Sean wasn't really up for a whole day thing so we decided to go to the Rescue Center not too far from our home. It isn't huge but they have quite a selection of animals. The stories of how the animals came to live at the center are very interesting. Alot of the animals were originally bought as babies and when they grew and began destroying the owner's stuff and costing large amounts of money to feed the owners tried to get rid of them in various ways. Gigi the alligator was thrown into a lake and when a dad and his son were fishing they caught Gigi! Wow! That would be some fish story, huh?!
One of the monkeys was used as a lab animal. They tested an implanted contraceptive on her for years.
There were two lion cubs caged together. When they were about 6 months old the zoo no longer had a use for them and so were getting rid of them. Apparently this is very common for zoos. When the animal is little, cute and cuddly they draw a large crowd but as they grow the zoo spectators interest wanes and they need to remove these animals to make room for the next big crowd pleaser. These lions are now 5 years old. They have been at the center since they were 6 months old. The first 3 years they were there they continued to growl at people walking by their cage and even slammed themselves against the cage walls. It said that they now have settled for the most part but can still be seen sometimes "stalking" those passing by their cage.
The heart of the center is to allow these animals a safe environment to live in. They provide all the basics but they also provide love. The one staffer was hand feeding a mountain lion and you could tell she and the mountain lion had mutual affection for one another. Not me, baby! I like to view them from a distance...and with a fencing of some sort in between. LOL!
The fee was very reasonable and the money is used for a good cause. Maybe there is one in your area...makes a great homeschool field trip. :)

Comments

Dana said…
Lots of fun. We have a membership to Catoctin Zoo Park. They also rescue animals. The kids love it!
Beth in NC said…
That is so sad that even zoos get rid of animals. Thanks for sharing your day with us.
Dana said…
Can you imagine what it would have been like in the garden where you could commune with the wild animals and there were no meat eaters? Megan and I were just talking about how much she would have enjoyed being Eve.

Popular posts from this blog

Are You Ready?

As a pastor, I'm often called upon when life "vanishes like a mist." One of the most powerful examples I've seen of this was Stan Gerlach, a successful businessman who was well known in the community. Stan was giving a eulogy at a memorial service when he decided to share the gospel. At the end of his message, Stan told the mourners, "You never know when God is going to take your life. At that moment, there's nothing you can do about it. Are you ready?" Then Stan sat down, fell over and died. His wife and sons tried to resuscitate him, but there was nothing they could do - just as Stan had said a few minutes earlier.
I'll never forget receiving that phone call and heading over to the Gerlach house. John, a son, stepped out of the car weeping. He asked me, "Did you hear the story? Did you hear? I'm so proud of him. My dad died doing what he loved doing most. He was telling people about Jesus."  I was asked to share a word with everyone ga…

The Old Rugged Cross...

Sean and the guys are between jobs right now and so Zachary has been helping me with odd jobs here around the house. It has been a HUGE blessing to me!  Leaves I never finished raking are finally removed, a campfire pit has been built, a shed sorted and organized (Hallelujah!) and best of all, my Old Rugged Cross is erected! Isn't it terrific?! I've been wanting to build one since watching the Fireproof movie. Zack situated it so I can see it when I look out the window over my kitchen sink. :) He outdid himself on it. He really roughed up the wood and even burnt it to give it that ruggedness I love. There are nail marks in it too. As Zachary carried the cross to set it up Kyalynn kept saying, "look, it's Jesus the Christ, yes it is". LOL! The kids love visiting the cross and this morning Connor was excited to tell me that he was praying at the cross and talking with Jesus. So glad. The Old Rugged Cross HymnOn a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of …

Now she's....

11! Can hardly believe our precious, tiny, happy girl is 11 years old!  She's the first one home and I have no doubt that her contagious joy  helped propel us on to adopt 4 more times. :) 



She is a lover of all things but especially birthdays! If she hears it's someones' birthday she gets so excited and plans to be at their party even if she wasn't invited. LOL! She's been diligently reminding us every.single.day sometimes every.minute.of.every.day that her birthday was coming up. There were only two things she wanted.....a Veggie Tales Lord of the Beans dvd and a harp. Yes, you read that right....a harp! Oh my, this girl is a big dreamer but that's better than not dreaming at all! :) So Sean and I set our brains to thinking how we could pull this off for our girl and my man came through!! Check out this beautiful harp he threw together. 

And it's the perfect size for her and even plays music! Sweet! Kyalynn was thrilled and is so cute playing her harp. She als…