Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Man Cub's First Zoo Visit

Yesterday we finally made it to the zoo with our sweet boy.  Jacob had been saying for weeks he wanted to make sure we visited to the zoo while he was here, and I'm glad he did.  It was nearly 90 today, but Man Cub did great!  *On a side note, why do women where long BLACK yoga pants to the zoo on a 90 degree day?  On what planet is that every a not-so-warm option?  I'm all for yoga pants, but ladies, you looked beyond miserable today.  Seriously?*

We began our visit with a stop by the meerkats.  They always seem so much like our pups.  I love watching each of them in their various roles.

Elephant baths occur each day at 10:00, and it's an event we seldom miss during our visits.  We made it to the barn in time to watch Shanti and Baby Duncan get a scrub.  Duncan is 8 months old now; we hadn't seen him since he was 2 weeks old.  Gracious!  He's a cheeky little dude, grabbing snacks from the keeper's bucket without doing a behavior first.  Ha.  Sounds about right, doesn't it moms? Duncan also likes to swim-smart elephant!

We saw the Andean Sun Bears as we headed off to visit the Africa area.  The new gorilla exhibit is looking great, and I can't wait for it to open in a few months.  We haven't had a gorilla at the zoo since I was a little girl!

We visited the chimps, rhinos, and kudu before making our way to the giraffes (my other favorite along with the elephants!).

We splurged and fed the giraffes today.  It's one of my favorite things to do, but I can't always justify spending $5 to be in a giraffe's face.  At the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, FL, they encourage scratching the giraffes' heads.  In Houston, we can't touch them at all, so a bit of the magic is lost, but it's still fascinating to be right there with them.

Our last stop was to the sea lions before heading home.  I'm already thinking that another zoo trip is in order on Isaac's next Friday off.  :)

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