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Texas Safari
WHAT: Random   |   WHEN: April 24, 2010
Kylie and I took a day and headed out to Fossil Rim Wildife Center in Glen Rose, TX on Thursday.  If you can't get to Africa, this is the next best stop for seeing herds of animals - some which are on the endangered species list - roaming free.  You can even feed the animals from your car, although per park rules only the giraffes are allowed to poke their heads in your car and eat from your hand... all the other animals are more proned to biting or eating your hand.

It's a pretty cool gig, and would be a great thing to do with kiddos, animal lovers, or occasionally immature adults like me.  As evidenced by some of the images below, you get an up close and personal look at animals you'd likely never otherwise see.  So close, in fact, that you'll quickly notice that some could use some mouthwash. 

On the way home we stopped in at Hammonds BBQ for dinner, and lemme tell ya, this place had the. best. homemade. cobbler. everrrrr.  I love hometown places like this, and this one deserves to be on Drive-Ins, Diners and Dives.  Between the cobbler, the BBQ brisket, BBQ turkey, the potato salad, the delish green beans, the Texas Toast and the bucket of lemonade I had, I was in a food-induced blissful coma by the time I rolled out the door.  If I had to guess, I'm pretty sure I surpassed my 1800 calories/day goal by the 6th bite.

Here's a few images from our new animal friends from Fossil Rim.



I asked where Bambi was.  No response.



Of all the animals we saw that day, the ostriches and the emu's freaked me out the most.  Something about them just looks a little untrustworthy... like they were going to peck my eye out at the first available opportunity.



Would you trust this bird?  Me thinks not.



Waiting for us to throw him some tasty magic food pellets.




This place was HUGE.  Here's a small section from an overlook as we were driving through.




The only animals contained by fences we the rhonos and the cheetahs... for obvious reasons.  Without the fences, the cheetahs might eradicate the rest of the animal population, and the rhinos might change your SUV to a compact convertible by the time you leave.



The actor Abe Vigoda (from the 70's TV sitcom Barney Miller) and the Emu below... related?  You be the judge.



Oh give me a home
where the wildebeest roam...
(your welcome for the little jingle in your head)




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