Received Monday, November 27, 2006
This morning around 10:30 am, we were leaving the gorilla house and enjoying the day at the zoo when I saw a little girl (who was probably around 2, no older than 2.5) wearing a pink fleece type sweater with 3D flowers dangling from the bottom, pink pants, light brown/dark blonde hair with a ponytail on top of her head and pink Velcro geox shoes, running around from the zebras heading towards one of the exits to the parking lot with no adult in sight. She was sobbing and it was clear that she had been crying for an extended period of time, her eyes were all read and her nose was runny all over her face. She crying mommy, mommy so I assumed she had slipped away from mom and asked if she wanted help. She latched onto my hand and we started walking back towards the animals. I saw lots of women with strollers but they all had children in them.
Then I saw a woman, brown curly hair, brown pants, a black shirt and a gold bandanna type headband. She saw us with the little girl and began calling Sophie, Sophie come on Sophie what are you doing? She was with another nanny and had an accent, polish perhaps? The other nanny's child was named Owen, he had blonde hair and a navy blue sweatshirt with yellow stripes. She did not seem at all concerned that Sophie had wandered off and it broke my heart to see such a small child running lost at the zoo. There are plenty of spots to escape and run off....
If your nanny was at the zoo today with your daughter named Sophie, pushing a dark grey/silver/black Zooper jogger with a black diaper bag, perhaps you want to talk to your nanny or drop in unannounced to see what is going on. It was a scary moment for me, I can't imagine how the little girl felt!