Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mourning Horses and Stubborn Camels

Have you ever visited one of those drive-through safaris? I hadn't until a few weeks ago, but I must say that they are quite neat. We saw about a dozen animals that we never knew existed, including a black Hawaiian ewe, an aoudad, a watusi, and a genet. (And no, I don't know how to pronounce any of those...)

The park is also home to plenty of your "everyday" safari creatures, like zebras, camels, llamas, and wildebeests. Some of these animals were quite entertaining.

We spotted this beautiful horse--hats off if you can tell me what breed it is because I would love to know--standing perfectly still and staring at a small stone structure that resembled a gravestone. We joked that it must be mourning the loss of a loved one.


As we were driving out, we snapped a picture of a camel that absolutely refused to let this truck into the park. After a few minutes, one of the park rangers came out and attempted to pull the camel out of the way, but it wouldn't budge!

Finally, a second ranger came over, and the two were able to move the stubborn animal just far enough away so the truck could enter. We just about exploded with laughter while watching this scene unfold!

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  1. Anonymous4/13/2016

    That sounds like fun. If you don't mind my asking, where did you go?

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    1. Anonymous4/14/2016

      I was wondering the same thing. I live about 40 minutes South of Nashville, and wondered if it was in that area. Would love to take our kids.

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    2. We were on our way to visit family when we went, so it was several hours away.

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous4/13/2016

    Ok... After reading your post the title definitely made sense! Lol!
    Love your blog Ellie!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm blessed to have you as a reader. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Lianna May4/16/2016

      Yes! I agree! When I saw "Mourning Horses" I wondered if it was a misprint? And then I read the post and it all made sense! :) I love your creative post titles, Ellie! Thanks for all you do for us readers!

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  3. Anonymous4/13/2016

    I went on a safari once at Disney. It was fun being able to see some unique animals up close and study their character. Looks like your adventure was quite enjoyable!

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  4. Anonymous4/13/2016

    clydsedale???

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    1. That was my thought, but my youngest sister-in-law, who loves horses, said she was sure it wasn't a Clydesdale.

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous4/14/2016

      It is a Belgian draft horse. They are one of the more common pulling draft horses. Hope this helps! :)

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    3. Anonymous4/14/2016

      Nope, definitely not Clydesdale. :-) Aside from build and overall appearance, the coloring of the two breeds is vastly different.

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    4. Thanks to all you horse experts for your input. :)

      Ellie

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  5. Courtney4/13/2016

    Was the horse giant? It kind of looks like a Belgian.

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    1. Agreed :). I think it's a Belgian too.

      When our oldest kids were little, we went to one of those parks. A wildebeest stuck his head through my open car window to get some food that was in my lap! That was enough for me!

      Glad you had fun :)

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    2. Anonymous4/14/2016

      It is a bit difficult to say how big the horse is without a human next to the horse, but especially the back of the horse is quite robust. I think it's a Belgian too. Although when I first saw the horse, I immediately thought of a Haflinger (hope the name of the breed in English is the same as it is in Dutch).

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    3. Anonymous4/14/2016

      belgian

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    4. Yes! It was huge, bigger than any horse I've ever seen. That's hilarious, Jemma!

      I looked up pictures of Belgian horses, and they look very similar to the horse we saw.

      Ellie

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    5. It is a Belgian. We owned a Belgian horse a couple of years ago. Ours looks almost identical to the one you pictured. :)

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    6. Anonymous4/14/2016

      Yes, that definitely does appear to be a Belgian Draft Horse. My family owns, breeds, and shows them!!! :-)

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    7. That's neat to hear that a couple of you have owned Belgian Draft Horses. Does it feel different to ride them, since they are so huge?

      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous4/14/2016

    I'm not sure but the horse might be a Haflinger. It's an austrian/italian breed, known for its blonde mane and tail.

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    1. Anonymous4/15/2016

      A Haflinger is an Austrian breed, not Italian ;) they're originally from the Tiroler mountains. You see them a lot here in Europe, love that breed. But because Elly said the horse was giant, a Belgian would make more sense.

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  7. Anonymous4/14/2016

    A place like that is wonderful, I really like animals.
    They are so special.

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  8. Anonymous4/14/2016

    It's a Belgian :)

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  9. That looks like so much fun! I'll have to put that on my bucket list. :)

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    1. That's a good idea, Sara! :)

      Ellie

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  10. Sarah Liston4/14/2016

    Ha! Ha! What safari was it Ellie? Years ago my mom and dad went on one in Africa when they adopted my brother and sister.

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      It was several hours from Nashville. It sure would be fun to go on an authentic African safari. What country are your brother and sister from?

      Ellie

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    2. Sarah Liston4/14/2016

      Yes, they loved it. My brother and sister are from Rwanda. Most of the trip was doing paper work but the safari was awesome.

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    3. Thanks for sharing, Sarah! One of our family members is looking at moving to Africa with her husband and 3 kids, and I would love to visit her.

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous4/14/2016

    I think you should start a blog about baby names especially unique ones people including myself r very interested in them at the moment.

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    1. Anonymous4/14/2016

      Oh yes! It would definitely be fun to read a blog post with you & Mr. Handsome's favorite baby names you like for if/when you have a little family!!! :-)

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion! I will add that to my list of future posts. :)

      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous4/15/2016

    It's no joke. Animals do morn their family and friends. There are stories of elephants traveling great distances to visit the bone graveyards of family. You should visit The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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    1. I just looked up the Elephant Sanctuary, and it looks like a neat place. Maybe I'll try to convince my husband to take me this summer!

      Ellie

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  13. Anonymous4/15/2016

    You should visit The Gentle Barn in Tennessee. http://www.gentlebarn.org/tennessee/ It's close by and they do wonderful things for animals and educating people.

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    1. That also sounds like a neat place to visit. Thank you!

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous4/17/2016

      Great! I can't wait to see the pictures and/or video!

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