A very sad day at Lake Juneau. Little Rickey has passed away. May he rest in peace.


The LJ staff and the entire Juneau family are very sad to have to tell you that we lost our favorite animal yesterday. Little Ricky (our giraffe) passed away for unknown reasons. To lose any bird or animal is very hard on us all but losing them in the prime of life is especially difficult. Little Ricky was just truly coming into his own and was the highlight of the festival a few weeks ago. We just wanted all to know and to ask you to say an extra prayer for our beloved favorite.

As a final tribute I would like to ask that you share your favorite story about Ricky. Mine is as recent as 2 months ago while riding with my 3 year old granddaughter, Caroline, around the lake. We stopped to see Ricky and up until that time he had only let people get close but not close enough to actually touch him. When he saw Caroline he immediately came up to us and actually laid his head on her lap. What an incredible experience for all of us...including Ricky...as after that he began allowing people to feed him his favorite snack and "rub his horns" for African luck.

We will miss him dearly. :(

Please share your story.

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Oh Little Ricky, we are so sad to that he is gone! I remember the first time I saw him grazing in the pastures. I was trying to get a photograph of him, when he began galloping across the field. Until that day, I had only seen giraffes run in this manner on TV, and always wondered why the cameras could not fully capture the movement? It always looked as though they were moving in slow motion. Watching Little Ricky gallop that day was breathtaking: in real life, it also appears as though they are moving in slow motion! It was truly a marvel to witness this sheer mass of movement that cannot even be fully interpreted by the human eye. This was a touching moment in my life that I have long recalled when I speak to others of the amazing Lake Juneau Safari experience!

July 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJolie Lemoine

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