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An encounter with a giraffe

By alan leach

It was a dull rainy day on a family outing with our two children. We were in the Giraffe House and my 9 month old daughter needed a nappy change. I sat on a stone block near the side of the giraffe pen and as I started to remove the nappy my daughter cried and one of the giraffes made its way to us, I think to investigate the smell or the noise. It stretched right over the railing and reached down to where we were, almost touching and slobbering onto my barbour jacket. I think it was showing a very maternal instinct at that moment. We joke about the experience that day particularly when we want to embarrass our grown up daughter.

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