A very sad day at Lake Juneau. Little Rickey has passed away. May he rest in peace.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 3:06PM
Lori Anderson


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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