|Piper, Nana, and myself on the carousel!|
Let me start by saying that our local zoo is not the greatest zoo on the planet, but it's starting to improve a bit, although it still has a long way to go. Disappointingly, not a whole lot of the few animals were out and about that day, and if they were they weren't doing much or couldn't be seen. I was especially disappointed that the giraffes were too far away for her to see due to some work being done in their yard, and there were no elephants out, either. We had an elephant die a couple weekends ago, so that might have had something to do with no elephants not being in their yard, although I do believe we have two, so not sure why the other one was put away. We also arrived after 1pm, so many animals were in that mid-day lazy stage, such as all the dang big cats. We didn't get to see any lions, or tigers, or bears...oh my! Well, we did spot the two cheetahs lazing in the grass way in the back part of their enclosure and partially hidden by a wall, but does that really count? Regardless of it not being the most exciting of animal adventures, there were some out and about that Piper got to enjoy.
|Look, it's a zebra!|
|Fosse, the daddy gorilla!|
|It's a very old carousel!|
|It's very unique, too!|
|Close-up of one of the horses.|
|Before the spitting up!|
|Starting to enjoy herself.|
|Definitely getting excited!|
We were very lucky that the baby gorilla was out and about with his mother. Piper didn't pay a whole lot of attention to any of the other apes, as they were just kind of chilling, but the baby gorilla seemed to fascinate her, as if she knew it was very much like herself. It was almost like she got the connection between gorilla mother and child and how they had the same relationship as her and myself. We tried to get her to admire the chimps, but they weren't doing much, and the orangutan was out of her eyesight. I could personally watch the apes all day, so hopefully when she is a bit older my fascination and knowledge of them will rub off on her...oh there is so much I can teach her since I've taught primatology before! She really is in for a treat later on in life!
|Mama and baby!|
(This pic is with her previous child as I did not get a shot this time)
The naked mole rats are pretty new to the zoo and are housed inside see-through tunnels for viewing. She seemed to love watching them as they scurried about, darting from one tunnel to another. I think she could have spent quite a lot of time just sitting there in her stroller, chillaxing and checking them out, but it's not a large area for viewing and we had to let other people see, too. I am definitely a courteous zoo-goer, as I hate people who block everyone else from seeing the animals in action because they are selfishly unaware that other people exist on the planet. I hope to instill this courtesy in Piper as she grows up, as a lot of children's parents don't seem to mind if their kids hog the viewing areas, probably because they are the exact same way, sheesh!
|Cute isn't it?|
|Not my pic, just a pic so you can see what a Spoonbill looks like.|
|Us in front of the enclosure.|
|Watching the penguins!|
|She loved the penguins!|
|And I love her!|
|Her flirty pose!|
|She did take a short nap.|
|Surprised I don't have an actual picture with Piper and her Sweet and Sassy fox,|
but this is what it looks like.
|Here come some random shots with Nana from the day!|
|How does the lion go?|
|Nana kisses come in threes...one...|
|But watch out for drool, hahahaha!|
|She's just too darn precious!|
|I think she enjoyed her day at the zoo!|
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