Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ask a Zookeer: Amazing Animal Reunions



As many of you know, I am the Zookeeper-in-Residence on Jobstr.com--a website where "you can ask people anything about their jobs and answer questions about yours. It’s as though [they] took the classic 'What do you do?' cocktail party question and turned it into a website…minus the awkward small-talk."

I have been having a great time hosting my Zookeeper Q&A so far, and I have decided to reprint one of my favorite Jobstr questions on my blog every Tuesday. (Do you have your very own "Ask a Zookeeper" question for me? Ask it HERE!)

Here is this week's question:

Q: Have you ever had a reunion moment like this one where an animal you hadn't seen in a long time remembered you? -becky


A: Oh my gosh, isn't that story the sweetest thing you have ever seen?? While I have never experienced anything nearly that dramatic, I did have a great moment a few years back when I returned to a marine park in Florida.

While I worked as the Education Director there, I really bonded with four rough-toothed dolphins. Two were very young and didn't remember me at all two years later, but the third seemed to show a flicker of recognition when she saw me. The fourth (my VERY favorite) immediately rushed over and put his chin in my lap. I was so overwhelmed and moved and thankful that I literally cried on the spot.

(By the way, leaving facilities has been the HARDEST thing I ever have to do in this line of work. Although the direction of your life changes and you know moving is what you need to do, you still feel like your guts get ripped out every time you have to say goodbye. I tear up just thinking about it.)

3 comments:

Yolanda Renee said...

That is so awesome.
I know that when my little girl (Boston Terrier - Patches) lays on my lap with her head resting between my breasts and her big brown eyes look up at me with unconditional love, my heart melts and my soul dances. She has done more for me emotionally than any thing or anyone in my lifetime.
Now I'm crying -- need to say no more.
Thank you for sharing!

Jaye Robin Brown said...

I was all prepared for another tearjerker from you, Lisa Ann.

I heard a fabulous elephant reunion story at the sanctuary in TN. Look it up if you don't know it already.

Altha Fidia Oktora said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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