|The 4 new Australorp chicks.|
They were 10 days old when I got them. They had never been near a human. It's obvious, as they are totally freaked out by me and Ethan when we attend to them. I will try to hold them and tame them the best I can. I'm on a mission! They hide under anything they can. I recommend to those who have never had chicks to get day old ones, so they can pattern with you. My other chicks...who are adolescents hear my voice and are all lined up at the coop gate waiting for me. Some hopping on their a-frame and talking to me to get my attention. They, as you may remember came to me a day old and I am the Mother Hen.
|Maggie and Lulu|
What glaring dichotomies baby chicks and full grown elephants are.
|The entrance to P.A.W.S.|
|Our group in the rain|
|Maggie on her way to see us.|
|Maggie getting as close to us as she can.|
|Maggie and Lulu|
"Nicholas" is an Asian bull. He was trained to ride a tricycle in a circus by 2, and by 4 he had enough of riding a tricycle and became aggressive. At that time he was locked in a stall until he was rescued at 13 by PAWS. 9 years is a long time. Ethan and I had a hard time getting our heads around what this elephant did for 9 years in a stall. Humans in jail even get an hour out a day.
|Nick's ear to ear grin|
|Nick clowning for us|
|Nick's own water park|
|Fire hosed and loving it.|
|The elephant jacuzzi they built for therapy|
|Nick's polkadotted ear for examination.|
|The new bull hiding from us.|
It was an adventure we will never forget. I'm happy to check it off my bucket list. Our first trip together. Amazing memories. I gave Ethan my camera I used on the set for years. He took beautiful photos, and learned iPhoto on our trip home in the airport. I think he is planning an Etsy shop that sends most of the proceeds to PAWS. If you can, go see them. Worth the time and expense. Here is their website: http://www.pawsweb.org/
Thanks for reading.
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