Refuse to be Passive

The Zoo

In Life in General on March 21, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I went to the Edmonton zoo for the first time on Saturday. It’s a small, low-budget zoo, and it’s actually a little depressing during the winter. But none the less, much fun was had! My friend and I decided to go, since the weather was nice and we couldn’t think of anything else to do. When I first drove up, I noticed that the parking lot wasn’t paved, and that part of the zoo looked like an old school storybook type park, with humpty dumpty sitting on a wall, and turrets when you come in the gates. Actually, that’s exactly what it used to be, apparently, before it was turned into the Valley Zoo. The thing is, it all looks rather old and shabby now. But, not detered by the bleak outlook we headed in.

I learned a lot of stuff at the zoo. For example, did you know there are multiple kinds of porcupines and one type has a prehinsile tale? I’m still having a bit of a hard time grasping that one. Or that the Kookaburra actually takes it’s prey, small lizards and such, and wacks it against a log multiple times to pulverise bones and tenderize the meat so it can swallow it whole? I felt a little sorry for the chick that literally got beat into a pulp and then gulped down. At one point you could only see it’s tiny feet sticking out the Kookaburra’s mouth. And then there is the Kapibara, which basically loooks like a guinnea pig the size of a hog. It was actually a little frightening. Or how about the Red Panda, which might just be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen and looks like a mix between a panda and a fox (and is closer to the size of a fox as well). It looked like it should have been a stuffed animal sitting on a kid’s bed. I want one for a pet. Anyway, if you’re going to the Valley Zoo, don’t expect it to be high end or top notch, but do expect it to be completely fascinating.

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