If you look closely at my username, it is “murasakiokapi” which is “murasaki” and “okapi” put together. In Japanese, murasaki means purple, and an okapi is an animal. The best animal. Ever. Yes, better than a t-rex or even the mighty cat. Okapis are my favorite animals.
Okapis are also considered endangered by the IUCN Red List; this is a recent revelation because they were previously considered threatened. Obviously, this news is seriously disheartening. What if your favorite food was endangered? (I hope bananas aren’t your favorite food). Well, animals are the nutrition that sustains my passion, restores my optimism, and generally makes life worth living.
So last week, when my favorite coworker-slash-my-friend arranged a trip to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, I mostly thought it was going to be just a fun adventure. She did mention some sort of “surprise” but because I didn’t want to get my hopes too high, I expected nothing much.
We got there, however, and she was very excited. She marched us around by the giraffes, which you can feed, and started looking for her classmate. We found the classmate, who met us with a small smile and a bucket of bread, lettuce, and carrots. My friend lost it at that point; she was like a squirming little puppy who couldn’t contain her excitement.
You see, her classmate is an okapi keeper. And my friend arranged for me to meet an okapi. IN PERSON. It was amazing, magical, and I’m pretty sure I almost combusted with happiness.
So, without further ado, here is the photo journey of that day (4/23/14; also my half-birthday). Not pictured: my terrifying enthusiasm. I kept smacking my friend. IT WAS SO GREAT! 😀 words cannot express! Thank you, KJ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!