Sunday, June 12, 2011

The animals are the smart ones

We took the kids to the zoo this morning.  It was kind of cool when we got there, but by the time we left, it was starting to get hot and muggy.  So of course, it was my turn to be the pack mule.  I swear, I deployed OCONUS with less stuff than we take to the zoo.

The snow leopard and puma, for once, were out and about, and watched every move Boo made.  Either he looked absolutely scrumptious, or they know the danger that is a 3 year old American boy.

The polar and grizzly bears were very active, but their habitats are somewhat cooled.  The favorite snack for the grizzly bears appears to be ice cubes.  They were eating them like grapes.  The polar bear alternated between walking up to the glass and looking at the humans or looking longingly at the sea lions in their pool.

We took Boo into the lorikeet enclosure for the first time today, and I have to say that a true test of strength and agility is holding a plastic shot glass full of sugar water, balancing three lorikeets on an arm, and holding off a 3 year old from grabbing a lorikeet and plucking it because it's pretty.  All done in such a way that the photos the wife takes don't make you look like a lunatic.

The smartest animals we saw all day were the wallaroos.  These two guys were sacked out under shade, as was the rest of their group.  They stayed out of the sun and watched us shuffle past.

By the time we left, the crowd was getting big.  It's good to see that something that's almost 100% self-supporting gets so much support from the community.

1 comment:

On a Wing and a Whim said...

Looks like the kids had a great time - I hope you and your lady did, too!

It's always great to see a zoo that's flourishing!

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