Posted by: Tricia | July 17, 2008

Penguins, “Dogs”, & Orangutans

On Saturday afternoon we decided, on a whim, to go to the zoo.  It was 100 degrees, Elliott hadn’t taken his afternoon nap, and the zoo would only be open for another hour or so, but we were desperate to get out of the house for a while.  When I mentioned the zoo David’s face lit up.  He hadn’t been to the zoo with Elliott yet…in fact, he hadn’t been in years.  So, we packed up a few things and made the 5 minute drive!  We had the best time!  It was Elliott’s fifth trip to the zoo, and I had never seen him so interested in all of the animals!

The animals were a lot more interesting this time around, too!  While we were watching the orangutans someone (who was not very smart) disregarded the “DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS” sign and started throwing popcorn to them.  The orangutans started reaching up toward the man asking for more.  Some of the popcorn fell into their stream and they were scooping it up with their hands.  It was cute, but really sad.

More popcorn please!”

Orangutans scooping soggy popcorn out of the stream 😦

WARNING:  GROTESQUE DETAILS OF OUR VISIT TO THE ZOO BELOW!  DO NOT READ ON IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH!

I would recommend going to the zoo around dinnertime because there are very few people there.  However, dinnertime is dinnertime, and animals have to eat too, right?  As we were walking through “Raptor Canyon”, where all of the large birds live, I happened to look up and notice that one of them was devouring a big white rat.  I screamed “Eww!” and continued on.  Before we knew it we were surrounded by tons of vulture-like birds eating their “dinner”.  The worst part was that they liked to sit on the wire ceiling of the exhibit to eat their rats.  We were literally walking beneath these large scary birds dropping pieces of bloody rats…possibly onto us!!!!  Eeek!!  I felt like I was going to lose my lunch and we got out of there quick!  Most of all, I was thankful that Elliott was too young to notice or be traumatized by the grotesque experience.  I realize that animals eating each other is all part of the circle of life, but I could do without having to witness it in person….especially when it means getting splattered by bird prey!

Even though we were only there for 1 1/2 hours we saw most of the animals…and we even managed to squeeze in a ride on the carousel and the train!  Going to the zoo is so much fun!!  And, they are open 365 days a year!

The baboon “dog” 🙂

Watching the baboon “dog” intently!

“Getting in and out of the stroller is too traumatic!  It was nice to have a big strong daddy to hold me up to see the animals!”

Lastly,  Elliott waves at the penguins!



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Responses

  1. Thanks for the tip about ‘dinnertime’…how funny! I bet that was disgusting!

  2. Gross about the birds, but super cute photos of Elliott.


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