Courageous Animal Care

February 2, 2010 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.  This statement, made famous by the postal service many years ago also could apply to the Maymont Habitats Team as they work tirelessly to care for our animals and educate our children. The snow this past weekend made me think about two courageous acts of service to Maymont during our last big storm.

Like many people in the Central Virginia region on December 19, 2009, animal keeper Jennifer Williams found her car stuck in the snow as the blizzard was upon us, but Jennifer is so dedicated to the Maymont animals that she did not give up.  She courageously walked a full hour in 10 inches of snow just to reach the park gates. Likewise, part-time aquarist Joe Neel was also able to find a way to work despite a partially blown tire on his 4×4 caused by sliding off the slick roads.  They both trekked through the park to ensure that all the animals were cared for properly.  This type of commitment is a perfect example of the dedication it takes to care for the animals, and these two individuals exemplified the best of Maymont, in the worst of weather.  Heroic acts like these are a common occurrence among the Habitats Team and are part of the daily lives of many Maymont staff members.

So as you look out your window at our second round of heavy snow and are reminded how cold it is outside, remember that the Habitats team is still out working to keep the animals at Maymont healthy and happy every day of the year.

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  • 1. sherri brindley  |  February 10, 2010 at 2:44 am

    That is true dedication. My daughter loves the animals at maymont especially the otters and has been concerned for the animals during the snow storms. She wiLl think these are wonderful stories! Since she wants to be “a keeper of animals” this is a great story to share. Thanks for your blogs!

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Buz Bireline, Director of Habitats & the Nature Center at Maymont

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