Someone told me
Its all happening at the zoo.
I do believe it,
I do believe its true.
Its a light and tumble journey
From the east side to the park;
Just a fine and fancy ramble
To the zoo.
But you can take the crosstown bus
If its raining or its cold,
And the animals will love it
If you do.
Somethin tells me
Its all happening at the zoo.
The monkeys stand for honesty,
Giraffes are insincere,
And the elephants are kindly but
Orangutans are skeptical
Of changes in their cages,
And the zookeeper is very fond of rum.
Zebras are reactionaries,
Antelopes are missionaries,
Pigeons plot in secrecy,
And hamsters turn on frequently.
What a gas! you gotta come and see
At the zoo.
Okay – who can tell me who did the above song? It was a fitting song for a Sunday afternoon as we spent our afternoon with friends at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was a gorgeous fall day — sunny with just a little breeze. But of course we forgot that Halloween is fast approaching and today was the zoo’s Trick or Treat day. I have never seen so many costumed children and adults in one place in my life. Wow – thousands of folks turned out and it was cute to watch all the little ones in their costumes and there were some interesting adult costumes too – including the one guy dressed up as a duck (he was entirely too happy in his costume — odd). Fortunately one of our friends works there so we got to park in the employee lot and get in as guests!
Being claustrophobic, I had some problems during the day with the crowds and would have to sometimes just stand still and let all of them go around me until I could breathe again. I don’t like being surrounded by people. Alot of the animals were snoozing – most of the cats were all taking siestas. Even the gorillas were rather subddued. I got a couple of shots of the lions but they, too were napping. My friend told me the Mexican wolves got a Parvo virus and died – I was horrified to find that out – but they did have two other wolves in one of the natural settings and I got pics you can barely see because the wolves were way up on a hill; they really blended in with the background, plus I have this crappy little digital camera that doesn’t zoom very well.
We had a blast at the zoo – it was my first true outing walking up and down hills for hours since my accident and I thoroughly enjoyed every hilly moment! I bet I actually get some sleep tonight coz I’ve about walked myself to death!
As for the pics – the first one is yours truly and Devoted Spouse – the rest are my feeble attempts to get some snaps of a few animals. I missed being able to feed one of the giraffes by about 3 minutes – darnitall – I love giraffes. So here’s a zoo video instead – in the video they are eating greenery but at the enclosure it was a dollar to feed them what looked (to my horror) like a big animal cracker. Oh well I tried. Unfortunately the large giraffe was lumbering off as I got there.
We did see the gorillas get their pumpkins and that was fun — silver back gorillas have always been a favorite animal of mine along with wolves and flamingoes. The flamingoes in Cincinnati are so pale compared with their cousins in Florida – but it was still fun to see them all.
Monday is going to be a very quiet day at Chez Crone and Bear It – after all the exercise today I think breakfast in bed is in order. Hope your week starts out well and just gets better!