We went to the Carson & Barnes circus compound today. What a treat! The children enjoyed a peek “behind the scenes” at the costume shop and then visited with many of the animals. They were enthralled by the llamas, camels, and alpaca. And even though many have goats of their own, our students crowded around to see the pygmy goats. Then we saw a zebra, several Shetland ponies, a miniature horse, some Frisian horses, and a hippo. Of course our tour guides saved the best for last.
The Carson & Barnes circus has twenty-seven elephants- one of the largest herds in the United States. We were privileged to see a 60-year-old grandma, a three-year-old “baby” and a variety of other females. The children got to feed one of them and I know several who won’t soon forget the experience. They talked about it all afternoon!
And yes, I stepped forward to take my turn to feed the elephant and rub her trunk, too. It reminded me of my childhood in Fresno, CA and my trips to see “my” elephant, Nosey, at the local zoo. Be sure to visit the website for the Endangered Ark Foundation to read about the work they are doing and to see photos of the elephants. (I took several, but don’t have them back yet.)
The circus leaves on tour next week. We’ll miss them!