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~