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Giraffe Brings Peace Of Mind To Mexico

Offbeat  (tags: clidada juarez, violence, wild animals, children giraffe, peaceful )

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Residents of Ciudad Juárez witness countless acts of violence on a daily basis. Ready to take their minds off such bloodshed, the citizens flock to see Modesto, a giraffe living at Central Park in Ciudad Juárez.


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Rose Becke (141)
Sunday July 31, 2011, 11:47 pm
Wfonderful News

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday July 31, 2011, 11:47 pm
sorry about my typo

Monday August 1, 2011, 1:15 am
noted with thanks

. (0)
Monday August 1, 2011, 8:53 am
It's interesting how such an animal can create a sense of calmness for such a violent area. . .it's wonderful and satisfying to read of something like this. . .Noted and thank you for bringing this to our attention. . .

Tucker T (44)
Monday August 1, 2011, 12:58 pm


Roger G (148)
Monday August 1, 2011, 1:11 pm

Lisa On Vacation (203)
Monday August 1, 2011, 1:13 pm
I dont think this is a good idea. First of all this Giraffe should not be all alone & second why did two Lions die in their care. It doesn't give me much confidence in them having any animals. Wild animals belong in the wild period!

Dan Holoman (2)
Monday August 1, 2011, 1:46 pm
Too bad we don't live in the ideal world....

Ruth C (87)
Monday August 1, 2011, 2:09 pm
I'm sorry to hear about the situation in Ciudad Juárez, but a Giraffe does not belong in the Central Park!

Patricia A (0)
Monday August 1, 2011, 3:26 pm
My heart goes out to those in Ciudad Juarez. I pray that they will find peace and safety. These people have lived through so much, I understand the deep need and desire to give them relief and some kind of happiness. I believe a park is a wonderful idea, but it is my opinion (not that it means a whole lot) that perhaps the money would be better spent on law enforcement and added protection to stave the human killings, rather than wild animals. It is hugely expensive to properly care for these animals. It is very clear that they view this as an "exotic exhibit/display", they state as much in the article. I do not believe that animals are objects to be displayed for our pleasure. And this sort of display only perpetuates further objectification, exploitation and abuse of wild animals because it teaches nothing about the natural animal or proper respect, it is just something to gawk at. These are full beings not one dimensional objects, we should not still be teaching or treating them like they are. I have observed giraffes in the wild, and with everything that I read and seen in documentaries, this is not appropriate to have them isolated in what appears to be liken to an baseball field, when usually they are in herds of 20 or more, nor is it appropriate that there is no stimulation of foraging etc. The other element that makes me very uneasy, is the horrendous track record Mexico has in general regarding animal welfare, and what appears to be a bad track record for this particular park. It is my understanding they have already lost at least two lions. Again my heart goes out to the people, but I cannot help but think their resources could have been applied to saving lives??

Dotti L (85)
Monday August 1, 2011, 3:59 pm
Such magnificent creatures. They bring peace to me to see them.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Monday August 1, 2011, 4:35 pm
Juarez is a very different place with a very different set of rules and, as a result, a very different set of ethics preside there. Anyone been there? Other parts of Mexico? Mexico IS a THIRD world country after all! Thus there are uniquely different mores about caring for animals. I do not agree with sub standard care for any and ALL animals, yet...Mick sings it best "You can't always get what you want!"...
but you can try some times and get what you need"

We must maintain awareness of the complexities of other countries in our world and meet people with whom education, wisdom and respect beckon to be shared. From both sides of the equation. The word spreads from one little voice at a time.

I pray ALL of Mexico's animals (people too!) are met with love, care and compassion, however in stark contrast, I've forced myself to witness first hand accounts of the harsh and hideous reality of the lack of love, care and compassion ANIMALS and PEOPLE endure in countries such as this.

First and foremost, we must stop supporting the drug wars in Mexico, that's a meaningful step in the right direction for each and every one of us here in our Care2Cause community.

Secondly, you need not buy cars manufactured (99.99 over 100% of the entire car) in Mexico when country of origin reads, made in America. One (1) little, almost indistinquishable stroke of paint trim or VIN # was "finished" in Americ. Sadly, perhaps even more disturbing, is asking the question "why is Jaurez Jaurez?" Hmmm, could we have a little itty bitty something to do with the state of this city at this point in time?

The stories I have heard from Jaurez citizens (who for no other reason than they seriously desire to make a DIFFERENCE even if they give their LIFE for the cause while doing so!) Work hard, stay focused on what is good in Jaurez, have vision, avoid getting angry, don't give up, understand deeply rooted family lineage, know that this is impossible work but you must do it anyway... These remarkale people, who could live out their lives in PV or on the French Rivera have a diametrically different idea than what common sense may say, these do gooders get educated then RETURN to the city of their birth in an effort to TRY and influence change, treat Jaurez's people with aall that is lacking (and more), reach out with a cooperative spirit, believe you can foresee heaven on earth from the grasp of death and destruction.

This giraffe may be the messenger of hope at a time of seriously dire straights.

David C (75)
Monday August 1, 2011, 5:51 pm
what wonderful creatures, I, too, find watching giraffes very relaxing...thanks...good luck to the citizens, may they find calm, comfort, peace and the end of violence and soon...

Christia F (158)
Monday August 1, 2011, 8:23 pm

Roseann d (178)
Monday August 1, 2011, 8:39 pm
Shouldn't he be living with other giraffes? What about HIS well-being? It's not all about us!

pam w (139)
Monday August 1, 2011, 9:16 pm
It's not at all unusual for a male giraffe to live alone. Males have harems and females hang out together for safety. But, having breeding rights takes status and not every male can achieve status. We shouldn't judge giraffe life by our own social natures.

janet f (29)
Monday August 1, 2011, 10:07 pm
It's not the job of a lone giraffe to make people happy. It looks like he lives in a space with no enrichment and nothing to do all day. And he has no animal companions. I'm more concerned about his emotional needs than whether he makes people happy. It's the government's job to ensure it's citizens safety and well-being and Mexico has failed miserably. This poor giraffe is now stuck in a situation where he'll languish while Mexicans continue to kill each other for drug one wins here.

Raluca Anghel (84)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 1:26 am

Rani Lyons (41)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 3:57 am
this story has been a real eye opener for me. Thanku

Kristen H (25)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 6:25 am
I am glad there is a place children can go to be mesmerized by the beauty of nature. In a place where violence is the order or the day, it is a blessing to have even one bright spot to take some of the stress off the kids.

Animal lovers... I can't understand why you would deny a child the wonder and beauty of being able to see and learn about something as exotic and mind-opening as an animal. Sometimes the "animal rights" people go a little too far in their inability to understand that not all cultures have the benefits, safety and blessings that the U.S. has enjoyed for so many generations.

For some kids, this might be the only exposure they ever have to beauty. Would you deny them that small ray of sunshine & hope? If so, then I feel sorry for your callous lack of understanding of the mental health needs of children being raised in a war zone. Something as simple and wondrous as a giraffe might mean the difference between hopelessness and despair, and a hope for a better tomorrow.

Shaheen N (64)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 1:24 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 1:29 pm
Good luck to them would some other zoo which has a spare young female maybe give the animal as a gift.

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 1:54 pm
Thanks for the story Simone. I like giraffes.

Danny Wilson (26)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 2:17 pm
If I were the Giraffe I wouldn't stick my neck out.....

Akin Adelakun (21)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 2:50 pm
interesting,thanks for the info

Chris R (80)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 4:44 pm
Thanks Simone!~

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 5:40 pm
Thanks Simone--interesting comments.

Caroline Vimla (16)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 6:39 pm
Again the human species' needs are placed above an animal's welfare. Mexicans may enjoy peace of mind..but how about the giraffe? Can it even express itself? Displaying the animal just to enable humans obtain some peace of mind is the most preposterous reason to keep animals behind bars and in enclosures.

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday August 2, 2011, 8:50 pm
noted with thanks...... this is so cool.

Julie D (38)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 2:46 am
As others have noted, life for the giraffe, Modesto, is pretty grim, like the children he is isolated and lacking in all the normal things a giraffe needs, the most basic of which is companionship. To read that his carers can't afford to buy him a mate doesn't bode well for their ability to care for him in the long term.
This poor animal is another victim of Mexico's violent drug wars. I've just heard this morning that a group of people carrying out an opinion poll in advance of elections have disappeared in a notorious region.
All so sad.

Marianna Molnar (9)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 6:28 am

Robin Dzimistarishvili (13)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 7:03 am
It's a nice thought, but a totally idiotic thing to do. I'd like to know who in the world thought this was a good idea? Absolutely ridiculous. A petition should be made to demand that Modesto and the ostriches be removed from there immediately!!!!!

Elena Belikova (17)
Wednesday August 3, 2011, 10:14 am
Well I'm glad for the Mexicans if this helps them to achieve the inner peace anyhow. I'm just stunned by the human egoism as always! The only thing people seem to care about in their relation with nature is what THEY will win from this interaction. They obviously don't seem to care much about the nature itself. I bet there are other ways to achieve the same without torturing animals.

Justin R (0)
Thursday August 4, 2011, 5:54 pm
...that all fine but what about a companion of it's own kind for the giraffe? It looks to me like a desolate place with no trees and no shade.

Melanie Andrus (0)
Friday August 5, 2011, 9:40 am
I, too wonder why he is by himself - this is no life for him. He needs to be in a place where he and a companion can be happy and healthy. I didn't know about the 2 lions, but now wonder about them, too. How can we help this animal?

Dianne D (490)
Saturday August 20, 2011, 1:55 pm
I fear for this and all animals safety in this place. Mexico like all nations need to get control over the violence. There are way too many people in this world the way it is and I see no harm in getting rid of those that can't live peacefully. The military needs to step in and clean up their own country.
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