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Zoo trip (Part 2)

Here are some more zoo pictures.

Black Bears

This grizzly bear was munching on something when we arrived on the scene.  There were fish swimming around in the water below him and another grizzly was trying to catch one.  Everyone kept saying this bear was eating a fish.  But, neither DH nor I thought it looked like a fish, but I couldn’t tell you what else it would have been.

This bird (a crane, maybe???) was dancing all over the place.
Acting all prim and proper
This little chipmunk was running all over the place and came close to getting run over by DD stroller!  We saw another one running around too.
Chicken in flight.  When we told DD it was a chicken, she said “more” and did her eat sign!  She does like chicken 😉
Check out the hair do on this East African crown crane:
I know it’s hard to see the frogs in the above picture.  But can you see what was in with them for lunch in the below picture?
I guess I should be a frog fan if they eat spiders!
The area that had the hippo in it had other animals in it too.  So we weren’t looking at the hippo when all of a sudden we heard this loud noise.  I thought it was the sound of a motor on one of the vehicles we saw driving around the zoo.  But DH realized it was the hippo making the noise!
Mountain Lions
Unfortunately, this peacock didn’t open up its beautiful feathers to show us.  Later on we overheard from a zoo employees walkie talkie that someone had reported some aggressive peacocks by the eating area.  We soon found out why.  We saw people feeding the peacocks!  If people didn’t feed them, they probably wouldn’t have learned to come around them and beg for their food.
I almost didn’t take a picture of this since I don’t like snakes, but it was pretty amazing, so I caved and took one in the end.
This tiger was walking all along the perimeter of its cage, and came right up close for a camera shot.
Well, that’s it for our first zoo trip.  Hopefully we can make it to the other nearby zoo soon.
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Our first trip to the zoo

We’d been planning a trip to our local zoo for months.  None of us had ever been there, so we were really excited to check it out.  Despite our best efforts, DD would not take a nap before we went, so she was a bit tired and cranky as we got ready to go.   But, we ended up having a great time (and great weather, which was a blessing after two days of rain).
I was shocked when I got home and found that I had taken 145 pictures!  It sure didn’t seem like I had taken that many.
The first thing we saw were the giraffes.  DH thinks DD was afraid of them because they are so tall.  I don’t blame her!  I didn’t get as close to them as DH did!  You can buy crackers etc to feed the giraffes, but  DH found some lettuce laying around and fed a few pieces to a couple of the giraffes. It’s amazing how they curl their long tongues around food!
This giraffe was separated from the rest of them.   I heard a tour guide say he wasn’t in a time out, and then I didn’t hear the rest of what he said, but I think he said he did better on his own, then with the rest of the group.  I didn’t get a close up picture, but he had all kinds of bumps on his head and DH thinks he was really old.
We were looking all around for the zebras as our map said they should have been near where we were.  As I waited for the elevator to go up and see the monkeys, I peeked down over a railing and saw them.  They seemed so small in comparison to the giraffes!
As soon as we saw the monkeys, DD perked right up!

 This gorilla was clearly eating lettuce.
 

I know you can’t tell from the picture, but it appeared that this gorilla was eating poop.  Picking it apart bit by bit as he put it in his mouth.

Did you see the gorilla in the background of the above picture, with a blue sweatshirt?  I thought it was a blanket!  So I told DD that monkeys carry blankets around with them too.  Well, then I realized it was a sweatshirt.  And then someone else pointed out that it said “Staff” on it.  Eeeks!  It was all in one piece.  But in another cage, we saw some pieces of a similar sweatshirt and some shirts too.  I guess they purposely put that stuff in there for them to play with???

Unfortunately, you couldn’t get very close to the elephants.  They are kinda hard to see, but there are two in this picture.
There will be more to come in a second post.