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© Judy and Wayne Wanamaker
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Photo Info
UploadedFebruary 1, 2013
TakenJanuary 25, 2013
MakeEastman Kodak Company
ModelKODAK EasyShare Z980 Digital Camera
Exposure1/100 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length78.8 mm
ISO125

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Lu was born at the San Diego Zoo 53 years ago. He has been at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park for more than 40 years. When the park was given over the the state, the law said only native animals could be on exhibition there. Lu was scheduled to be sent up north to a zoo. The Citrus County school children protested by sending letters to then Gov. Lawton Chiles. He used his executive power to declare Lu a native of Florida, so Lu got to stay in his home. He has lived many years longer than he would have in the wild, and is quite comfortable in his private habitat. On his birthday, he was given a party with many of the young elementary school children in attendance. Publix Supermarket Bakery baked him a special cake with special ingredients, which he devoured with gusto. Here he is a few days later, eating his daily hay.`

9 responses

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Glad that Lu chowed down in style.....good shot, Judy !

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    that little eye stands out so well over the whole body

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    He's massive!! What a nice story to go along with your terrific photo!! It's wonderful when things work out like they did for Lu!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    "The Look" You've captured him in all his glory! Hope he'll still be there the next time I go back.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (1 Feb 2013):

    Love this photo of Lu and the story of how he got to be declared a native of Florida : ). I would love to see Homosassa Springs someday, you get such wonderful photos there !

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (2 Feb 2013):

    Chowing down! HA! Perfect title for this big guy.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (7 Feb 2013):

    A story with a happy ending. Love it. Terrific shot of Lu. Drawn to his pink tones.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (17 Feb 2013):

    F A N T A S T I Q U E n t r y !

  • Mark Andrews

    Mark Andrews gave props (19 Mar 2013):

    What a fella

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