In animal parks, let wild ones roam free, too.
In 2004, my daughter, her husband, their two daughters and I had several days at Walt Disney World. It was in December, before Christmas, and we had a delightful time.
It was my youngest granddaughter's birthday and she got to meet Cinderella at dinner. It left her awestruck. I have photos that prove it.
It occurred to me while looking at pictures taken a decade ago that seeing a giraffe virtually disappear among foliage outside my hotel window was interesting but somewhat lacking in authenticity.
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However, I recognize that Central Florida cannot exactly replicate the giraffe's scattered range in Africa.
The giraffe's habitat is savannas, grasslands and open woodlands. The animal has an appetite for acacia leaves. That's fine with me.
I have an aversion to anything with thorns. I have an oleander of which I am careful.
I think that Walt Disney World would do well, in order to make the experience of being close to exotic wild animals more authentic, to introduce giraffes' natural predators to the Animal Kingdom. More specifically, I am speaking of lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and wild dogs.
Think of how dramatic it would be for young children to see a full-grown giraffe brought down and devoured by, say, a pride of lions.
Over time, before the body of the giraffe started to decay, hyenas would show up. Maybe, next, wild dogs and jackals. Each in its own turn.
There are lots of vultures in Florida, and it's my guess they would be attracted also.
There is, in fact, a real world beyond the premises of the Reedy Creek Development Company at Lake Buena Vista.
Disney has made billions presenting fantasy while our government has squandered trillions doing the identical thing. Isn't it time to get real?