I WENT TO THE ZOO
I saw little otters! Lots and lots of them. They looked at me and made squeaks!
(Asian small-clawed otters)
I saw a well-trained elephant who wandered over to a drain in his exhibit and peed straight into it. (I do not know if they trained him specifically to do that, or he learned it himself)
Also I saw a panda eat bamboo for breakfast, a cheetah gazing longingly at the zebras in the next enclosure (really, zoo designers?), a red panda asleep in a tree, an octopus getting fed, and some assorted other animals.
Going very early in the morning is definitely the right way to go! I got there as the exhibits were opening and the animals just coming out; low crowds, good views. As I was leaving, the hordes of schoolchildren increased.
OH! and the orangutans climbed across the people-walkway on their high-rope walkway thing it was so cool!
it was this: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ThinkTank/OLine/
One of them stopped in the middle and contemplatively gazed at the people, resting his chin on his elbow, just staring at us as we stared at him. (Or her?). It was super. The website says “if they poop on you from overhead, staff is prepared to help you clean up.”
The one that looked at us was probably Bonnie: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Primates/MeetPrimates/MeetOrangs/default.cfm
Also I saw a huge-ass Komodo dragon, just sittin’.
I accidentally walked past the spider exhibit and DID NOT LIKE. Giant bird-eating tarantula: NOoooo!
Then I went back again later:
I saw teeny tiny titi monkeys, and spectacled bear cubs! baby ones!
And some different otters, a wallaby, those rare Przwalski horses, sleepy lions,
orangs on the o-line again; this time, Batang, wacky freshwater stingrays, lemurs chillin, turtles.
Also, the nat’l zoo is supremely well-designed. It’s nicer for people than any other zoo I’ve been to (and presumably for the animals as well). Also I forgot that it’s FREE so you can just wander on in there. There are concessions, but they seem less obnoxious than other zoos I’ve been to. And they have shower-mister things where you can press a button and get sprayed with water. Whee.
What’s your favorite zoo? What do you like about zoos?