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In Memory of Emily
passed away peacefully in her sleep on
27th October 2004.
Emily was given the star treatment when she decided her wish was to have a birthday party at Drusillas Zoo. Not only did she get to brush the goats but she fed the penguins, had a meerkat named after her and had a party with her friends and family, including a bear cake made for us by Humphries Family Catering.
her big day Emily wrote us this
Thank you so much for organising such a fantastic birthday party at Drusillas Zoo for me on Sunday. I had a lovely time, it was also very nice to meet you at the penguin pool.
The party started at 10.45 am, when I had agreed to meet all my friends outside the entrance. As usual one or two people were late for various different reasons that couldn't be helped, we had allowed for that so there was still enough time to make our way through the zoo for the penguin feeding at 11.30.
sister, Lucy, pushed me in my wheelchair to the back of the enclosure
met the keepers that I would help to feed the penguins. We
struggled a little getting my chair up
three very steep steps but made it out in to the enclosure. I
put a plastic glove on my good hand to stop
the smell of fish staying with me all day, Lucy put the other glove on
she could help me. We then stuck our
hands into a bucket of fish and started to throw them into the
water. The penguins knew it was getting near to
breakfast time as they had been swimming around in the water getting
for some time.
we went for a walk around the zoo to look at the animals.
At Pet World we went into a paddock where we
got the chance to brush some goats. I
think they were a bit scared of my wheelchair, as they kept running
away when I
went near them. I eventually got to
brush a little brown goat that was lying down trying to sleep.
The next time we stopped was at the Meerkats, where I found the plaque
Emily Meerkat was adopted by me. I
hope that my one is a little baby that we saw, who was learning how to
the earth. I enjoyed watching an adult
that sat on top of a tall wooden pole keeping a look out for danger.
My friends and I liked the talking parrot, you say something to a plastic cockatoo and it repeats what you have said. Nearby was the real parrot enclosure which looks like a jungle and had lots of different brightly coloured parrots coming in and out of their sleeping area. They especially came out when it started to rain hard, I suppose that this is a bit like the weather they would have in the wild (but a bit warmer!). Luckily there was some shelter close by so we were able to keep out of the rain and watch the Emus and Wallabys jumping about. Dad took some photos here so I can send them to my friend Rolf Harris, the Australian entertainer as he had sent me a very nice birthday card and some presents.
When the rain stopped we made our way back to the Explorer's café for
tea party. The table was laid out for all
of us and at
the far end was a ‘Throne’ for me with a picture of a Rock Hopper
a crown on as the back of the chair with the words Happy
Birthday. There was plenty of food, crisps, sausages,
pizza as well as tuna, jam and marmite rolls, we had lemonade and
drink. We all got stuck in after which
my sister Lucy had organised a pass the parcel, using the new CD Rolf
sent me with some of his music on. Everyone
won either a bag of chocolate buttons or a Mickey
that we bought at Disneyland last week.
Everyone at the party sang Happy Birthday very loudly. By this time we were all full up so the cake was cut up and everyone took a piece home in their party bags.
were having the party several of my friends had rides on a mechanical
Grandad says it was an old television character called Muffin the
think that was even before my Dads time!
Finally we had a look in the gift shop. One of my friends bought me as a birthday present a cuddly toy Meerkat which I have also called Emily. Then it was time to go home, it had been a long, tiring but very enjoyable day. All of my friends took turns at pushing me in my wheelchair around the zoo which I really liked.
The cake was really lovely but there was too much left over for me and my family to eat so I have sent the rest into school so that all of my class can have a piece each as they all sent me a nice get well card last week.
Anyway thank you once again for such a brilliant day.