The Secret Forest-Dweller

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This shy fellow is a forest-dwelling creature called an okapi.  From central Africa, they resemble a zebra crossed with a giraffe and are about the size of a tall but skinny horse.

They also have long, skinny black tongues.

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I’m disappointed because I can’t find the series of photographs I took of the mother with a newborn, nor the ones of a single okapi over in the holding area in the back corner of the zoo.  However, on this particular day when we visited, I had my cell phone camera with me.  When we came into the building where the okapi live, there was a volunteer zookeeper there doing some research.  She told us that this okapi had been orphaned and was hand-raised by the zoo.  He will not be able to go back into the wild.

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I thought he was going to go back into his paddock, so I turned away to talk to the zookeeper.  Then my husband softly said, “Honey.”

I turned back to find that the okapi isn’t just shy, but also curious.  Unfortunately, I jiggled my camera when I tried to be sneaky about bringing it up to snap his photo.

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He moved his head when I took the shot, so he’s blurry, but you can see his striped legs.  Skinny little legs, aren’t they?

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Squirmy little bugger, too.  He reached up to see what was up above in the enclosure, so all I got was his ear.  Phooey.

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He decided to wander back inside, and I got this picture of his back and ears in the light.  He has a lovely coat, like a bay horse but with giant satellite ears.

And yeah, I wanna pet him.  🙂


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One thought on “The Secret Forest-Dweller

  1. I want to pet an okapi, too! They are not nearly so close to visitors at the Cincinnati Zoo. This is cool. I hope you are having a lovely day!

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