Wherein Fritters tells all about her trip to the Los Angeles Zoo last Saturday...
I'm torn here. This page will probably take a long time to load, so in theory to be nice I should find lots and lots of interesting things to talk about so you're entertained while it's loading, but honestly, I can't really think of much. It was a Saturday, last Saturday in fact. The people were annoying. I made these graphics. Martin took all of the pictures because he's just naturally better at it. I didn't post all of the pictures here as I wanted to save you load time and all of them didn't turn out great, either. We also didn't have enough space to get quality pictures of all the animals, so we just took pictures of our favorites. The zoo had no penguins. Poop.
Well, hopefully the first picture has loaded by now. Don't say I didn't try....
This is a tamarin. I wish the shot turned out better and you could see his weedely little eyes, because these things are MONSTROUS cute. Members of the monkey family, and considering a lot of people in the U.S. have capuchins at pets and these guys are small and cute, I wondered why the hell nobody had started domesticating these things.
The little old man has a biiiiiig moustache ^_^
The little civet cat was sleepy. We didn't wake him. Awwwww.....
Oh, how I WISH there were less chain link in this picture and he was behind glass instead. This is a burrowing owl, and once again monstrous cute. He was like a little frog owl what with the way he held his wings, they almost looked like big froggy legs.
Feeding time for some of the sea lions. Or seals. I can never tell the damn difference.
PRAIRIE DOGS!! You can peep up through the bubbles to have a prairie dog P.O.V. of them, but none were out when we looked. Glad we saw some, though, they were adorable.
A very laid back meerkat. Once again, adorable. They seemed to have most of the cuties in the same area.
Okay, so the iguana isn't cute or adorable. And no, the picture didn't turn out well. But the poor baby was bored and paid a lot of attention to me, like he liked me, and I wanted a picture to remember my little friend. He scratched at the glass at me and tried to get to me. Awww.....
We almost skipped the rhinos, I figured they'd be kinda dull and the zoo is open relatively short hours so we couldn't linger much. But the rhino was RIGHT by the wall and you could get REALLY close to him and honestly, close to a rhino filled me with unexpected awe. He was BIG. And there was something vaguely unreal about him, the whole size and armor plating and all. I felt like the old man who saw an elephant for the first time and just said "Ain't no such thing"....
The tigers seemed really bored and paced a lot. One was panting, too, but thankfully he sat in the pool for a minute before we left, so he seemed okay.
Chimpanzees!! Apparently doing their recreation of the Abbey Road crossing. One of them, apparently an elder, just decided he wanted to be on the other side of the area and another followed...then another followed and we ended up with a small chimp parade!
The giraffe just didn't seem that tall. Or that intelligent. I didn't appreciate them the way I'd hoped.
The lions, like many cats, sleep a lot. Look, they're sleeping! Woot!
They were still cool, though.
I have no idea WTF these are. I remember almost every animals name, but not these guys, and the zoo's webpage is woefully low on animal info. I tried the San Diego zoos page, which is a lot better, but apparently they don't have these guys. They were pretty cute, though, and obviously just another one of the hooved deer relatives that get et by lions in Africa all the time. They were cool to watch eat, though, with those long necks. Whenever they swallowed you could watch the little lump of food do this little slidey thing all the way down.
A female orangutan sitting in a little nest she had built herself by the edge of the mock river. She seemed nice, not that we conversed a lot.
Orangutans like to SWIIIIING!
Like most of the animals, the kangaroos were completely used to people and could care less that we were there. They were eating yummy tasty grass and that was all that mattered. They did it for several minutes before we gave up on getting a non-eating shot.
Ummm....somewhere in there is a koala bear, but you'd be hard pressed to prove it. ^_^
The wolves did NOT have a lot of space and seemed really annoyed by the people (adults included *sweatdrop*) who felt the need to constantly howl at them. I really wished I could just take them away somewhere nice.
But not as much as I wished I could help the coyote. His space was almost as small as the tamarins got and they are WAY smaller. When I found him, he was pacing pacing pacing pacing and SO bored and sad it nearly broke my heart. Therefore, I played with him. He DESPERATELY wanted to eat my umbrella (I brought it for general parasol use). I knew there was a danger of him getting it, but he was so sad it was worth it, I would've done almost anything relatively safe to cheer the poor baby up. And he LOVED the umbrella. He growled at his little friend everytime they got near him cause that umbrella was HIS! He pawed at it a lot and at one point he caught the strap in his teeth and we played a short game of tug-of-war. The strap lost. He got about an inch of it. I was a little concerned with him swallowing it (it was vinyl), but it dropped out of reach almost immediately.
I loved playing with him, but couldn't risk him getting more strap so we eventually had to call it off. Martin tried to use his laser pointer to entertain the little friend, but he wasn't interested. Despite no longer having a decent umbrella, which I DO mourn a little, I LIKE having nice things, I still miss the poor bored coyote in the tiny cage. As I told Martin, "I'll never have nice things until I learn to stop feeding them to coyotes." I wish I could do more for him. We need green laser pointers, they're easier to see. Then maybe we can entertain more babies.
Isn't he adorable? I wanna hug him but he would biiiite meee!
Sea lions are sleepy.
The otters were a lot smaller and cuter than I expected. And SO playful. We watched them for a good ten minutes. And the silly thing is you see them and you just realize....it's a river weasel!
More meerkats. Gotta love 'em.
We specifically saved a picture to get a tawny frogmouth on the way out (these guys). They just seemed like something Richard would REALLY wanna see, so we made sure to get him a good shot of them. Neat, aren't they?
That's it! Hope you enjoyed it some. Leave comments in my livejournal.