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Dear Lili,

This story reminded me of you, of course. This baby giraffe named Lily was born almost exactly ten years after you on June 28, 2008 at Lion Country Safari. We visited there in March 2003 with Nonnie and Poppie.

Thinking opf you all the time.

You are always in my heart.

Love always,

Dad 8) xoxoxoxox



Lion Country Safari Welcomes Baby Giraffe

Lily Is 173 Pounds, 6 Feet Tall

POSTED: 6:32 pm EDT July 6, 2008

UPDATED: 2:37 pm EDT July 7, 2008

LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — Lion Country Safari recently welcomed its newest baby giraffe.

At 173 pounds and 6 feet tall, Lily is already making a big name for herself.

“She’s about a week old right now,” said Brian Dowling of Lion Country Safari. “She was born last Saturday on the 28th. Mom went through about 50 minutes of labor, so it wasn’t too long of a labor.”

Lily is one of Lion Country’s largest baby giraffes ever.

“A female giraffe weighs about 1,500 pounds,” Dowling said. “If she’s having a 150- to 170-pound baby, that’s equivalent to a 150-pound woman delivering a 17-pound baby.”

At Lion Country, the mother giraffe and the baby calf are placed inside a maternity pin for three months after the mother gives birth. That allows the mother and the baby to bond.

“Within an hour after birth, the calf was on its feet and walking around,” Dowling said. “It’s very important that they get on their feet and they walk around right away. They have to be able to stand up to reach mom to be able to nurse and also to protect them. For protection against predators, they need to get on their feet and be able to keep up with mom.”

Lion Country Safari has a successful giraffe reproduction program. The total number of giraffes on site is 13. 

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Dear Lili,

I saw this on Facebook today and it made me think of you. The little girl in the picture even reminds me of you.

I miss you every day. Hope you are well and happy.

You are always in my heart 8)

Love always,



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Dear Lili,

You were the most adorable little girl I ever saw in my life. And other people thought the same way, too. Whenever we would go out people would yell out “Kawaii!” (How cute!) and were fascinated by just how pretty you were.

Here are just some of the pictures of you that I love.

I hope I can take more pictures of you soon. I’m sure you are as beautiful a young woman now as you were a beautiful child then.

Love you always, bubby,

Dad xoxox 8)

“Newborn Lili – June 30, 1998”

“Very Happy Baby – 1998”

“Modeling Photo Shot – March 1999”

“Apre Bath Time – 2000”

“Shichigosan Ceremony”

“Princess Lili – March 2001”

“The Floral Dress”

“Lili – 2002”

“Plane Ride”

“Howe Caverns – August 2003”

“Circle Line around Manhattan – August 2003”

“At Toshimaen”

“Making Nonnie’s Birthday Present – March 2004”

“Sand Digging – March 2004”

“At Home with Daddy – 2004”

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The Truth

“The truth is incontrovertible; malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” — Sir Winston Churchill

(Much to the consternation of those among us who lie, spin, and con.)


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