Bring your own feed

So while in Florida, we are getting ready to go to the zoo. During the upheaval, Lil Miss goes outside and starting plucking English Ivy leaves. She comes to me with a bunch in her hand.

LM: mom, these are da leaves. I gonna feed to da zebra
Me: uh, well that’s very nice honey but I don’t think zebras
LM: I GONNA FEED TO DA ZEBRA. DIS FOR DA ZEBRA.
Me: okaaaay.

so we go to the zoo. She looked at nothing from the moment we got in. ran down the ramps trying to find the zebras, of course. I finally caught up with her at the zebra spot. The zebras are below us, as part of an African plains-themed area. they are currently eating hay. We are leaning over a wooden-post railing. She has climbed to the second rung and can see over the top. She is holding her ivy in her hand, waving it back and forth.

LM: ZEBRAAAA! ZEEEEBRAAAAS! I GOT YER FOOOOOOOOD! ZEEEEBRAAAAS!
Me: uh, honey, I don’t think
LM: ZEEEEBRAAAAAAS! COME HEEEEERE! I GOT YER FOOOOOOD!
Me: baby, the zebras are already eating
LM: ZEEEEBRAAAAS! HEEEEERE YA GOOOO! HERES DA GRASS! COME HERE!
Me: LIL MISS!
LM: whut?
Me: honey, the zebras are busy, they can’t get your “grass” anyway.
Lil Miss looks down, sees how far down the zebras are. Notices a small catwalk below us, obviously for keepers to use. Its about 4feet below us on the other side of the rail we are leaning against.
LM: Mommmy, I not fall from dat.
Me: no, you won’t fall from that. because you’re not going down there YOU’RE STAYING RIGHT HERE.
LM: I not fall!
Me: you’re NOT GOING DOWN THERE.
LM: but mommy, da zebras can’t get da grass
Me: look, the zebras are already eating. they aren’t interested in the ivy honey because they eat hay. what you have is not hay. they can’t even see or smell what you are holding.
LM looks down. Thinks. Drops ivy. Watches Ivy fall to the ground about six feet from zebra.

LM: ZEEEEEBRAA! ZEEEEEBRA! THERE YOUR GRASS! ZEEEBRAAAA!

I had to haul her away promising to buy her a stuffed zebra at the shop.

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