Last Saturday, Motor Man and I had quite the adventure.
We went to Virginia Safari Park near Natural Bridge, Virginia, which is about 3 1/2 hours from us. This is a drive-through park with several species of animals who roam freely over the 100+ acres .
When we bought our tickets at the gate, we also purchased four small pails of food (pellets). The staff member gave us two empty buckets and advised us to pour a small amount in an empty pail to feed the various animals that would come up to our window.
And do those animals ever know the drill. They stop right in front of your vehicle (roadblock), then move to your window in search of the food they know you bought.
The llama and oryx were the most aggressive of the different species. One of them snatched a bucket right from my hand, another managed to get his head (and upper body) all the way in the vehicle and was eating food from the bucket in the floorboard by my feet.
Motor Man also had a bucket snatched from his hand by an oryx.
After that experience, we were a bit leery when the elk approached our vehicle.
Amazingly, they were very gentle and only ate from the bucket…..very good manners.
And here’s a weird shot….. doesn’t that look like a spooky “human figure” to the right? It’s actually an animal (not sure if it was a llama or antelope) with its head laid back and nose in the air.
Feeding the ostrich was a bit scary: that’s a huge beak to be pecking for food so close to my hands.
And how impressive is this sight?
The park also has a walk-through village. It was a chilly, breezy day, so our “walk-through” was rather quick. My only disappointment of the day was that the giraffes were on the opposite side of their yard from the viewing/feeding deck. Here’s a little slideshow of some of the animals in those exhibits.
Although a bit cool, it was a beautiful day for our visit. As much fun as Motor Man and I (as mature adults) enjoyed the park, I can imagine what fun it is for families with little ones. We highly recommend it.
Tune in Friday for more about our adventurous weekend.
~These Days Of Mine~