Ricky 1990 - 2016

  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: May 1, 1990
  • Arrival: May 14, 2014
  • Deceased: January 9, 2016
  • Background: Research
  • Health Issues: Psychological Disorder
  • Character: Intense

Whenever I made my routine visits to "Oz," I always knew which "Oz Boy" would be the first to appear in his runway, anxiously awaiting my arrival - Ricky. He was always so happy and excited that I made sure Ricky was one of the first I would visit.

We had a routine, I would first give Ricky snacks in his runway, and when he finished those, he would climb into his habitat and onto the ground. Here he and I would have our visit, while Ricky ever so gently selected his favorite snacks: cashews, walnuts, raisins and grapes. And during the remainder of my time spent with the other "Oz Boys," I would continue to indulge him as he followed my every movement.

Ricky's beautiful signature smile belied all that he had endured: his capture in the wild and separation from his family was followed by 22 years in research. Small in stature, Ricky had a sense of vulnerability about him that made me appreciative of his trust and friendship and endeared him to me. My sweet Ricky, Your time with us at Jungle Friends was too brief. Farewell, little Ricky, my dear friend.

Love Mary Anne

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