Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Even on Hump Day, it's not at all likely to see a camel roaming around a field in Shreveport, unless it's Desi the Camel roaming around the fields at Jubilee Zoo.
For owner Jennifer Carter, it's the reaction that children of all ages have to Desi and all of the other animals that makes her job worthwhile. She loves that at Jubilee Zoo, people can pet their favorite animals, and even feed them.
I was more than ready to feed, and cuddle, all of the animals at the petting zoo, but first I had to get food for them. Like human babies, the babies at Jubilee Zoo drink milk, to be more precise, milk from Poppy, the mommy goat.
I wanted to be helpful and milk Poppy, but I had never milked anything before, but I thought it couldn't be too hard to milk Poppy when I saw a toddler doing it.
I thought wrong, but once I got the hang of it, I made do, because I knew that Hamlet, the hungry piglet was waiting for his breakfast.
As cute as Hamlet and all the animals are, it was Tarzan, a macaw parrot rescued from a warehouse, that really got to me. Macaws are social animals, but Tarzan was left alone for long periods of time. To keep himself from going crazy with boredom, Tarzan plucked his chest feathers. While they will never grow completely back, Tarzan is doing much better surrounded by people and other animals at Jubilee Zoo.
Speaking of other animals, Jubilee Zoo pretty big, so instead of walking around it, I decided to live it up, going on my very first hayride. That's where I met miniature cows, ponies, deer, pigs, and even a zebra named Zoe.
Zoe was so cute I wanted to take her home, and Jubilee Zoo showed me a way I could do just that; by stuffing a replica Zoe and then bringing her to life with a special heart.
Not only did I get to cuddle and feed cute animals, I even got to take one home with me!
And that's another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.