I Got to Hold Chewbacca!
I am not lazy. But, I did go slothing last weekend.
I am a bit slow and very laid back. But, I’ve never hung upside down for hours.
Regardless, I’ve joked for years that a sloth is my spirit animal. I’ve not taken any quiz or test to confirm this, it is just what I’ve said for as long as I can remember. They are pretty dadgum cute and I can only imagine what a back scratching would be like with those long, curved
My daughter’s spirit animal is a fox, but guess what she asked for on her birthday in April? A sloth experience. A friend of hers from our days living in Mississippi told her about the Hattiesburg Zoo where they offer just this thing. A sloth experience. And I got to hold Chewbacca! “Arrrhwrawerrururu!”
Feeding a Sloth
The Hattiesburg Zoo is such a fun zoo! We began with our sloth-experience-tour-guides explaining that dangly earrings or necklaces might not be a good idea. He, (Chewbacca) might like them, too and he doesn’t ask politely if he can have them. After removing our jewelry, our first stop was the kitchen where we helped prepare Chewy (aka Chewbacca) and Moe’s dinner.
Sloths eat apples, pears, celery, carrots, lettuce, sweet potatoes and canned protein.
We sliced the food into thin pieces so they can hold them between their claws.
The zoo began an experiment this year, growing some of their own food. It was a big success and here are some of the last bits of produce for the season.
We were allowed to walk into the cooler where they store most of the food for the animals.
The first creature we were allowed to “pet” was this little guy. When you first touch him, he jumps and begins to sneeze. So cute for a hedgehog!
Next, Kaitlyn brought out a chinchilla. The fur is so soft. I understand why there’s been a fur trade for this cute little rodent since the 16th century. But, they are too cute to wear!
We could only peep into this bunny’s habitat because as our guide explained, “He is evil.” I wondered how something so cute and fluffy could be evil? But, I took her word for it.
Chewy, a Sloth Experience
We were first introduced to Chewy and Moe in their habitat. Chewy loves his hammock.
Moe is not as social as Chewy, so she continued her daydreaming in her hammock.
Princess Van Gogh was the first in our group of six to cuddle with Chewy.
This is Chewy. He is quite photogenic.
I think she liked her birthday present!
His claws holding on loosely.
Guess who’s neck Chewy nuzzled next?
Getting a great hug, but he was distracted by a ceiling pull hanging above our heads.
He’s quite the camera
hog sloth. Such a cute face, with a big, wet nose and soulful eyes.
These long claws were around my neck!
Chewy is truly an incredible experience. He is just adorable! I drove two hours to hold him; Princess Van Gogh 3 1/2 hours. I speak for us both when I say it was SO WORTH IT! If you are anywhere near Hattiesburg, make your reservations and go give Chewy a hug.
Discovering the Rest of the Zoo
Goats are so funny.
This sweet face reminded me of my trip to England where we saw them throughout the Cotswolds.
This fellow has something wrong with one of his eyes. But he seemed to follow us along the path around his exhibit.
I was actually a teensy-bit happy to meet this little guy. Only because it is a king snake which eats other snakes! Other than a dead snake, this is my favorite kind.
Thank goodness for zoom lenses. I was not this close to this scary creature. Freaks me out just looking at the picture again.
This is an enchanting zoo.
They even have a pig run every day at 4 pm.
And a fun water pad for hot summer days.
My favorite selfie of all selfies! Yep, I’ve been loafing around with a sloth. Thanks for waking up for us, Chewy! And to my Princess… Happy Birthday! I enjoyed it so much!
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