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Excitement and Calm In Just the Right Mix

Wishing my readers a season of calm and excitement






In honor of the season, some simple joys.

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1. The giraffe feeding was exciting because giraffes have eighteen inch black prehensile tongues covered with a slime that helps them eat thorns. The alpha giraffe used his tongue and his cranium to prevent us from feeding his herd mates and get all the carrots for himself. I resisted that slimy tongue and insisted on feeding the others. 

2. The aliens were photographed in a Tokyo metro. They're bread, olive, and sausage.

3. The apes are the relationship story of the year. Our white-handed gibbon lost his wife of 20 years in early 2012. Gibbons are the only monogomous ape and we docents were broken-hearted to see him alone all year. A new partner just arrived and they took to each other immediately!

Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D., is a Zoo Docent and Professor Emerita of Management at California State University, East Bay. 

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