LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Zoo Safari campers watched Mashaka the lion at the Ellen Trout Zoo destroy a giraffe Friday.
Don't worry Jim Bob the giraffe isn't real, he was made by the 5th and 6th grade campers out of cardboard, Elmer's glue, temper paint, and newspaper for an enrichment project. They stuffed meat in the body and head of the giraffe, then waited outside the cage to see how the lion would react. One camper said creating the giraffe was quite an experience.
"Well, the best part about it is probably having to come up with the ideas because no one giraffe is exactly the same, it's just like your fingerprint and so they're all different and it's fun to see what the next thing is going to be," said Zoo Safari Camper Corinne Rudis.
She said the lion reminded her of her cat at home, only a lot bigger. The zoo said the project is designed to get the kids connected to the zoo animals.