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MMONT_060502_230.JPG: The mausoleum where they're buried
MMONT_060502_240.JPG: I have no idea what used to be on top of this marble base
MMONT_060502_260.JPG: This sundial is part of the Maymont estate although it's located across the parking lot.
MMONT_060506_111.JPG: The park includes a small zoo. This enclosure had until recently contained two black bears. The sign on the enclosure:
The largest game mammal in Virginia, the black bear sometimes weighs over 500 lbs. Classified as a carnivore (meat-eater), bears actually eat a variety of foods including nuts, berries, honey and insects.
Before settlement of Richmond, black bears were common in this area, but now are restricted to Virginia's mountain counties and to the Dismal Swamp.
Maymont only displays bears that were orphaned as cubs or injured and unable to survive in the wild.
In February 2006, however, both bears were euthanized after one of the animals bit a 4-year child. According to an article by Janet Caggiano in the Richmond Times Dispatch on February 23:
Both bears, ages 12 and 9, were euthanized because it was not known which one bit the boy, Maymont officials said. The child and at least one parent were apparently at the rear of the 2-acre bear exhibit Saturday when the child climbed a 4-foot wooden fence into a restricted area and approached the 10-foot chain-link fence that surrounds the bears.
"The child may have been eating an apple or had apple [scent] on his hands," said Julia Dixon, spokeswoman for Game and Inland Fisheries. The child put his hand through the fence and was bitten.
Hours later, the child was treated and released from Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital, where doctors administered antibiotics. No stitches were required. ...
"I'm not mad at the child, but I'm frustrated that it happened," said Mark Rich, director of the Maymont Nature Center. "It could have been avoided."
There is no rabies vaccine for bears and no rabies test that can be administered to a live animal. Brain tissue from both bears will be tested at the state lab. Should either come back positive, the city health department will notify the child's parents and the child will undergo a series of six shots over 28 days. Without treatment, rabies is almost always fatal. In 2003, a 25-year-old Virginia man died from raccoon-related rabies, the last reported death in the state.
"Bears are low-risk for rabies, but the bottom line is it's not no-risk," said Bob Duncan, director of the wildlife division for Game and Inland Fisheries. Euthanizing the bears, he said, "is the necessary thing." ...
"Our first reaction was, 'It's not the bear's fault! Why should we even consider this?'" Dixon said. "But the answer is we don't have a choice. It doesn't matter if people are irresponsible . . . it's a public-health decision." [I heard later that the parent, who I'd personally vote to euthanize as well, had sued the city over the event, despite it being her fault.]
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Wikipedia Description: Maymont Park
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Maymont is a 100 acre (400,000 mē) Victorian estate located at 2201 Shields Lake Drive, Richmond, Virginia. It contains a museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, native wildlife exhibits, nature center, carriage collection, and petting zoo known as "The Maymont Children's Farm".
In 1893, Major James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. According to their wishes, after their death, Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. Over the next 75 years, additional attractions were added.
The Dooley Noted Society is the young professional group that supports Maymont through cultivation of volunteer, social and fund raising activities.
The Japanese gardens located at Maymont are well tended and cared for and consist of numerous koi ponds as well as a large waterfall coming down from the terrace. There is an extensive rose garden ending in a large waterfall located on a terrace below the manor. The roses are partially shaded using with a wisteria covered arbor.
The arboretum dates from the early 20th century, and contains more than 200 species of trees and woody plants. It includes a number of "exotic champions" including a Cedrus atlantica, Cryptomeria japonica, Parrotia persica, and Tilia europea.
Maymont's gardens are popular for outdoor weddings focused around the Italian garden, the Japanese gardens, the waterfalls, or other numerous gazebos located throughout the grounds.
Another popular activity at Maymont is the Children's Farm.
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