Farewell, Sweet April

If you know me personally, or have been following the blog for a while, you are aware of my fondness for April, the giraffe.

Back in 2017, when April was expecting her calf, a friend of mine posted the link to the web-cam on her Facebook page. I clicked on that link…and I was hooked.

Up to that point, I’d never given much thought to giraffes. But, with April, I learned how innocent, graceful and beautiful they are. I was watching that Saturday morning when she gave birth to her calf, Tajiri. And, yes, I cried.

That summer, for my birthday,  Motor Man drove the 8 1/2 hours (each way) to Harpursville, New York, so I could meet April in person. To say I was excited may be an understatement.

This may be my favorite picture from that trip. Later, for health reasons,  the park was required to change the rules, so that you couldn’t let the giraffes take a carrot directly from your mouth. Although it appears to be in this picture,  her tongue never touched my face.

This past weekend, we received the sad news that April had to be euthanised due to declining health.  She was 20 years old.

And I know it may sound silly to some, but, because of that web-cam, April brought SO much joy  to folks. Many of those who suffered poor health, were home-bound (and/or bed ridden) or who were going through rough times for whatever reason, found comfort in watching our sweet, calm girl. I was one of the fortunate ones to be able to meet her in person.

You were among the most beautiful of God’s creatures, April.   And we’ll never forget you.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

7 responses to “Farewell, Sweet April

  1. A sad loss for everyone – I’m sure the park personnel who knew her so very well and helped her through a lot were devastated too. I know many of us have found comfort and a renewed sense of appreciation of the grace, beauty, and bravery of animals – in all surroundings including our own beloved pets during this past year of isolation. I know you and all her many followers will always remember her…….

    Pam

  2. I was so sorry to hear this news but what wonderful memories you have!!!

  3. So sad. Of course, you were the first person I thought of when I heard the news. Knew that she’d brought you much joy!

  4. I am sad about this, too. My whole class followed her pregnancy and birth and fell in love with her

  5. Such sad news – almost like a family member to so many people.
    You’ll always have the pictures and the memories ….

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Totally sad news. April was a beautiful creature of God in so many ways She will be missed. .

  7. Oh, that makes me sad. Sweet memories though for you. I remember so well how excited you were to meet April.

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