Wednesday, November 05, 2014
At The Zoo
Tonight I am very tired and achy so there won't be a lot of script with the post but I thought you all might enjoy the photos I took during a recent trip to the zoo with my Mom. She had been wanting to go for some time, as she had never been to a large city zoo, and I was determined to take her once the weather cooled off some. Turns out we had a beautiful day; just warm enough and not too many folks there since it was a Tuesday. If you are in the area, the Birmingham Zoo is pretty nice. Not huge but they still have some nice exhibits, many of which have recently been remodeled to give the animals much more room. The elephants were one such exhibit. The keepers were feeding them apples at the time we were there and the elephants apparently really like apples! They were scooping them up quickly.
Birmingham was once also home to a very famous lowland gorilla, like the one pictured here. That famous gorilla was Babec, in whom UAB cardiologists implanted a pacemaker after it was discovered he had heart disease. It was the first surgery of that type in a gorilla and made him something of a celebrity in the zoo world. He lived for many years with the pacemaker but finally passed away in his 30s, I think.
Mama especially enjoyed the birds and you could walk right up to these flamingos.
One thing that was pretty cool was that many of the animals would come right up to the fence or glass when Mama approached them. My luck has never been that good! I guess they know she loves animals.
Wildlife authorities have been spotting increased numbers of black bears in north Alabama in recent months. This does not make me happy. I mean, I'm happy the bears are doing well but ya'll know those things scare the living hell out of me. NOT what I would want to run into one night while I'm locking the chickens up!
The big cats were a bit lethargic the day we were there.
It was good napping weather though, I have to admit.
The animals were all enjoying their food but I would not recommend the humans to eat at the cafe. The ingredients were good and fresh but they somehow still managed to make the sandwiches cold, hard and completely void of condiments. I actually had to ask for mayo and some dressing.
Even hunched over this African vulture was huge!
At least one flock of these guineas just ran around free, as they pleased. They were taking a little breather over by the sea lions' pool.
These guys were quite funny. They really liked having their picture made. I was focusing on the two on the right and when this other one on the left saw that, he scooted down the limb real quick so he could get in the shot too! That was cool though! I thought it came out well.