Sunday, April 26, 2009

213 (Another) Afternoon at the Zoo

Wednesday, after school I took Katie to the zoo. She has been asking to go for a while, and she was really insistent about going on Tuesday. Apparently she really just wanted to spend her money in the giftshop (which she did not do, of course). I love walking around the zoo on a beautiful day, so it wasn't much of a sacrifice. There may not be that many more good days before it turns so sweltering that the joy goes out of the experience. We have been often enough that I try not to take pictures of the animals unless they are doing something really cute or interesting. I was amazed that Katie was so cooperative about having her picture taken. Poor Connor was stuck in the stroller. He did not get out until the very end because I knew he would refuse to get back in ... and then he would scream like a girl when he was put back anyway. I try not to excite the animals with needless high pitched wails.
The zoo was PERFECT! The weather was great, there were barely any people, and the animals were out and about. Even Le-Le the panda was out in the "day room" (although Le-Le had just been bitten on his rear and was actively scratching it against a log). The Abyssinian Ground-hornbill came running up to the fence to show off its catch. It reminded me of a cat bringing a present to its master. Strangely cute, in a really gross way. The sea-lions were pretty active. At least the males were. The females were asleep on a rock. The female gorilla was picking her nose or biting her fingernails. When the male noticed me taking pictures he came over and got her and took her to the far-side of the enclosure. He really does NOT like having pictures taken. The last time we were there he ran from the camera.
On the way out we stopped at the giftshop (OF COURSE). Katie picked out 4 little sticky animals, a multi-colored pen, and a bead bracelet kit. Connor got a stuffed scorpion. Yeah, it was on sale! He actually really liked it. Its tail was perfect for his little hands. And how cool is a scorpion! He is a boy, he don't want no stinkin' cute animal! And then it was time to stick our feet in the wading pool ... okay, so I don't think it is technically a "Wading" pool, but everyone uses it that way. I even let Connor out for a sec to get his feet wet. He did good for a few minutes, then he decided to try getting on all fours and ended up soaking wet. I pulled him out to stand on the side while Katie played a little longer, but he kept trying to inch his way closer to the water. He was ADORABLE with that hopeful look on his face. He really thought he was going to get back in the water. Silly boy! I did finally convince Katie that it was time to go, and we headed out a few minutes before they locked the gates.
We will be going back on May 5th for Katie's school fieldtrip, so I am sure there will be more pictures taken then. Until then, enjoy our most recent zoo trip.