Since it's been so cold, we've been cooped up a wee bit too much. So yesterday, I surprised the kiddos by getting us all bundled up, packed our lunches (with the intent of eating inside), and drove to the zoo.
I'm SO glad we did because we ended up "having a good animal day," according to Luke.
First, we saw this baby orangutan playing with this bed sheet! It was hilarious to watch him play!
In the Australia/South America section, there were quite a few birds & animals "off exhibit for the winter". BUT, we got the best few of the wallabies that we've ever had (they're right behind Luke in this pic).
Then, we saw the emus up close with the 3 wallaroos behind.
Then, we went into the Africa building and saw zookeepers up close working with the elephant (sorry -- no pics here).
The hippos were inside AND out of the water, eating. So, we watched them up close for awhile. Luke took a pic of Kate & me. Unfortunately, his 6 year-old photography skills prevented the hippos from being in the pic -- Ha!
We were going to eat at the "restaurant" next (with our packed lunches). Luke suggested we eat on the benches outside so we could watch the giraffes. I agreed -- so, we ate outside in the chilly air. It ended up not being too bad.
We went next to look at the lions, but they weren't outside -- which did disappoint Luke. So, we had to take time to discuss Luke's attitude and time to discuss focusing on all we did see instead of what we didn't see...sigh...
The one tiger we saw was ACTIVE, and the tiger was simply AWESOME to watch. This tiger was so active I had a hard time getting a decent pic. So, you'll have to take our word for it with these pics I did get.
The last decent pic I took was Luke in front of the 2 Cougars (up in the tree)...
We lastly saw the bears, the otters (who were doing some awesome "dives"), the deer, the wolves, and the penguins.
At that point, we'd been there our normal 2 - 2 1/2 hours -- which is when Kate typically lets us know she's simply done. Also, I was starting to get chilly.
We decided it well worth the bundling up for a fun outing!
Until next time when I blog for the 570th time about a zoo visit!