“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
When my children were younger, we would visit zoos at least a couple of times a year. When we lived in Kentucky we would visit at least once week because we had a zoo close to our house. Now we don’t visit as much. My kids don’t the awe and wonder for zoos like they used to.
Back in 2018, the family and I camped over in Asheboro, North Carolina, so we could spend a couple of days at the zoo there. It is a very large zoo. The @nczoo gives the animals space to move and roam. We knew it would be a lot of walking so we planned to visit twice in order for us to have plenty of time to see everything.
While we were checking walking around the outdoor reptile exhibit, we heard this loud grunting sound. It caught everyone off guard. We had no idea what was happening. I realized that it came from the alligator pictured in the first photo. I thought that this was it, and that this alligator was going to jump the fence and eat all of us. He eventually stopped, and I went to ask the zookeeper what was happening. He told me that the alligator was making a mating call. There was a female he shared his space with. He made the call, and she rejected him. She didn’t even move while he was yelling. In the end, the only one who was having a bad day was this alligator in the featured photo.