Sleeping tigers and butt-sniffing monkeys

30 07 2007

Shouldn’t every weekend be a 4-day weekend? Thanks to Karen’s two consecutive weeks off we got to have a real visit with my family this past weekend for the first time since forever.  So we actually had a nice visit that was relaxing.  Oh, and I got to kick my brother-in-law’s butt on Wii Sports’ Boxing.

Monday morning came and before we drove home we decided to go to the zoo. We got there around 9:30, and remember all that talk you’ve heard about the animals being active in the morning? They lied.

Snow leopard? sleeping
Amur tiger? sleeping
African lion? sleeping
Amur leopard? sl- LOOK! He’s looking up! no, wait, sleeping

So I learned in this trip to the zoo that wild cats are no different than domesticated cats. Except that these can eat you.

The elephants, however, were impressive. At least to me they were. We saw them right at feeding time and they were enjoying their food. Isaac and Jonathan, upon seeing the largest land mammal in the world, were engrossed with the ducks swimming in the pond at the front of the habitat.

Hello!  Look at me, I’m an elephant!  Hello? Anyone?

Jonathan’s other favorite was the colobus monkeys. They were excellent climbers and seemed to do all of their climbing in one sweeping motion. One of them wiped the butt of another with his index finger, then sniffed the finger.

My personal favorite was the Kodiak bear they had. He was sleeping too, but every so often would lift up his head, scratch, and go back to sleep. This tiny movement allowed us to make out his shape for certain, and gape at the sheer size of him. My God, he was huge. Isaac has been afraid of bears for a while, so he wouldn’t even look at them for too long.

Ben had more outside time this weekend than he’s had all year.  He loved it.  We even stuffed him into a high chair on my sister’s patio:

Hello!

Thank you to Dawn and Dan for a great weekend.  You’re the best sister I’ve ever had.

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5 responses

1 08 2007
Bennie

Snot on the computer screen!

1 08 2007
Aliyah

I think kitties all sleep in the day, anyway.

Whee! Elephants!

1 08 2007
Aliyah

Oh, by the way, just so you know that I rock:

Not only is it round, but it has a cheese-stuffed crust! And the pizza dough recipe I used is still the best one I’ve ever found.

2 08 2007
Daddy Forever

The tiger at our zoo drives me crazy. Not only is it sleeping every time we go to the zoo, but it hides while it’s sleeping too.

14 08 2007
Michele B

I need Alyah’s pizza dough crust recipe! Ever since Walmart’s Great Value brand refrigerated pizza dough recipe changed I now need a good homemade recipe. We ARE off the subject here…

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