Sunday, April 20, 2014

A Perfect Day

NOLA has a zoo. I enjoy zoos. Very much. Lithus enjoys zoos. Going to the zoo has been on our list of things to do for as long as we've lived here. We have never made it to the zoo. Last Friday, we decided we needed to go the zoo. The weather forecast was supposed to be ideal: low 70s, low humidity, slightly overcast. Town hadn't gotten too crowded with the holiday weekend, yet. It should be nice.

It was so much more than nice.

It was the best time I've ever had at a zoo ~ and, again, I enjoy zoos, so I have had really good times at zoos before. First, it's a good zoo. The enclosures are appropriate. The animals are healthy and well cared for. None of them seem depressed or anxious (or drugged to avoid seeming depressed and anxious). The weather forecast was correct: ideal, with a chance of perfect. We arrived early enough that the holiday weekend crowds were just building as we were wrapping up. And, of course, the company was unparalleled. 

Do you see how alert this leopard is? Almost as if he is hunting...

Just outside the fence, but in his immediate line of sight, is this:

Also known as "lunch"
That cat tracked every single child climbing that tree. Ears up, totally alert, totally aware of every move they made. I admit, it was great.

Then there were the otters, that made us all mushy and romantical and shit.

But we got over that with the addition of actual shit:

Elephant poop!

There's a large pond in the middle of the zoo. Turtles and ducks galore. Every protuberance had at least one turtle sunning itself.

We bought turtle food and Lithus had a chat.

There were bears:

And primates:

And gators, of course:

But perhaps the highlight of the day was the giraffes. See, Lithus has never seen a giraffe, up close and in person. Only ever pictures and video.

Learning pictures don't do them justice...

...but you gotta take 'em anyway!

In fact, it was such a perfect day, that we did something we hardly ever do; we bought a souvenir ~

His name is ZeeGee
For more pictures, and a little more commentary, go here: Stilettos in the Outback. Otherwise, that was our perfect day.

Those are Pobble Thoughts. That and a buck fifty will get you coffee.


Anonymous said...

I love that wooden giraffe......where could I find one? I googled NO Zoo and could find nothing like it? How lucky are you to live in such a wonderful city!

BostonPobble said...

Anonymous ~ He is great, isn't he? Here's the link to the Audubon Zoo: Not sure if they have online shopping or not, but maybe someone could help you track him down. Also, thanks for stopping by Pobble Thoughts. Hope you stop by again! :)

BostonPobble said...

Anonymous ~ NOOOO! I deleted your most recent comment by accident, instead of publishing it. Know that I did read it and am sorry you couldn't find a friend for your Chicago giraffe. It means so much that you are out there and enjoy my blog. Thanks. While I hope you comment more often, feel free to keep lurking. ;)