Wednesday, July 14, 2010

July 12, 2010: Washington - The Zoo

Today was a low-key day, getting used to the neighbourhood. We walked up the street to a grocery store to get stocked up.

Then later in the day we went to the zoo -about a 10 minute walk from our apartment, and because it's free, no line-up to get in! We saw the octopus get fed - very lively as he stretched out his tentacles to get food. The red pandas chased each other vigorously around their enclosure (which was lovely - waterfalls, logs to walk on, plants to hide in, trees to climb). The tiger really wanted to get through the door to go visit the lions - he kept standing up to look through the window. And on the other side of the door the two female lions kept pacing in circles. The male lion, however, was the quintessential king of the jungle, paying no attention to the drama and instead posing regally at the top of the hill. The funniest scene was the golden lion tamarin, grooming an acouchi (a large rodent) which was in its enclosure - the tamarin seemed to want to make a friend, but the acouchi was oblivious - different levels of brain size and awareness at play.

Photos: lion/tiger, aquarium, red panda, Mark at the reptile building

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