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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Elmwood Park Zoo

Great day at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, PA! I'm really tired, so I'll write tomorrow. Enjoy some pictures, though!

The EPZ just brought in giraffes (Memorial Day)! Not sure if it's permanent or not. But, they let me pet them. So soft and just so beautiful.

Jacob Sheep: The Jacob sheep is a rare breed of small, piebald (colored with white spots), polycerate (multi-horned) sheep. Jacobs may have from two to six horns, but most commonly have four. The most common color is black and white. Jacobs are usually raised for their wool, meat, and hides. They are also kept as pets and ornamental animals, and have been used as guard animals to protect farm property from theft or vandalism and defend other livestock against predators. The origins of the Jacob are obscure, but it is certainly a very old breed. Piebald sheep have been described throughout history, appearing in works of art from the Far East, Middle East, and Mediterranean regions.[1] A piebald breed of sheep probably existed in the Levant, specifically in the area that is now known as Syria, about three thousand years ago.[2] Among the many accounts of ancient breeds of piebald sheep is the story of Jacob from the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Old Testament. According to the Book of Genesis (Genesis 30:31–43), in what may be the earliest recorded attempt at selective breeding,[3] Jacob took every speckled and spotted sheep from his father-in-law's (Laban's) flock and bred them. The Jacob is named for the Biblical figure of Jacob.[1][4] The resulting breed may have accompanied the westward expansion of human civilization through Northern Africa, Sicily, Spain and eventually England.[2] However, it was not until the 20th century when the breed acquired the name "Jacob sheep".[5]   

From Wikipedia. I've never heard of them before, until today.

 I'm thinking of making this my profile picture since I love goats (and wearing my Milwaukee hat). Thoughts?


  1. Hmm...I don't think I'd heard of the Jacob's sheep, either!

    You should make that picture your profile image if you really like it! :) Both are good pictures of you.

    1. I joined their Facebook page last week and saw someone posted about them (he never heard of them either!) and I wanted to check them out. I wanted to go into the barn regardless because of the goats. They also had an alpaca. ^_^ I'm thinking about becoming a member; they're having a campout in a few weeks. I'm afraid of my parents, though. :\

      I made picture #1 my profile picture. I used this for the cover: (should have used my good camera for the sign, haha)