Saturday, August 08, 2009

Views from the Zoo

I didn't take the camera to the zoo yesterday. After 500 plus pictures from NYC the cameras deserve a break. Besides what exciting things ever happen at a zoo? Unfortunately for us, several picture worthy events occurred. So in place of those moments where our camera was absent, the web has provided shots that are close enough to illustrate the stories.

One of the first memorable things we saw was a beaver, like this guy.
But the beaver we saw we asleep. I couldn't find picture of a beaver sleeping the position of the one we saw but I did find this dog whose name, strangely enough, happens to be Beaver sleeping in the exact same way.
So what we saw was a guy like this...
sleeping on his back with his paws in the air like this.
You get the picture. Oh, except the beaver at the zoo also had it's tongue hanging out. Quite a sight!

Our zoo has a whole section just about Australia. There is one little house where the koala bears stay. They look like this 23 1/2 hours a day.

Sleeping and sleeping and sleeping. The ones at our zoo are even less fun than this one since they sleep with their faces hidden. They are just grey fuzzy lumps hanging in the branches. They never move. You can't even see them breathe. I've often wondered in they were just stuffed animals that the zoo positioned just to mess with everyone. But yesterday while we stood like suckers watching the grey fuzzy lumps hang, one of them did this.

The little fellow not only woke up, he looked around, yawned three times and then MOVED to another branch. After that he just stared at a spot on the ground. He did that for so long that we finally left. I'm not sure if they can fall asleep with their eyes open, but that's surely what he looked like he did.

Elated by the little koala, instead of headed out of the zoo like we were planning, we traveled deeper into Australia. There's kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos hopping all over the place in there. While we were recounting to each other the sad story of the kangaroo being killed the train, a little wallaby hopped onto the path in front of us. We were pretty excited that she was so close but then she stood on her back legs.
She had a joey in her pouch! It was the type of moment that if you weren't in a public place and didn't make to make an ass of yourself, you would start screaming. It was that cute. Within moments there was a huge crowd pushing in toward her, taking pictures and getting too close. It didn't take long for her to hop off to safety.

It's just a bit too sunny at the zoo. Not enough shade. And yesterday was very sunny and just a tad bit too warm. Just as we were all about to faint away from it all The Man bought one of these with four spoons.
Now this wasn't a picture worthy moment. Far from it. Actually if someone was taping us and sent it into America's Funniest Home Videos they very well could win big money on the show of four Andersons diving into one cup as fast as they could shoveling in Icee. But that Icee saved the day.

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