Giant Tiger 'Nads

Sunday, September 03, 2006
This morning, my brother took his two kids to Edmonton's Valley Zoo. I had never been to the zoo here in town so I invited myself along. I'm not a big fan of zoos for a number of reasons but it was an opportunity to visit with the kids and help out my brother for a few hours. I had a good time although there were a number of exhibits that I was very upset about - the only other zoo I've been to was the San Diego zoo. Considering it's one of the top zoos in the world, ours had a lot to live up too. Frankly it didn't seem to come close - most of the exhibits seemed too small and poorly maintained. However, the kids had a great time and were constantly asking me to take pictures so here are a few of them...


Brotherum Davidicus

This one should have been in a cage but alas the zoo would not take him. My brother after 2 hours walking around with the kids (we ended up being there for 3 1/2...).

I think her name was Maya...most of the raptors at the zoo are "rescued" birds which have been injured in the wild. Maya had her wing broken but it has healed. However, she can only fly for about two minutes at a time and cannot be rereleased.

The nephew riding the range. All he needs is a cowboy hat, some chaps, and a cheek full of tobacco.

You can't see them in either of these pics but this tiger had some pretty big balls. This is where the title of this post comes from. As the tiger turned away from us his tail moved out of the way and all you could see was tiger testicles. What was the first thing out of my mouth? "Look at the nads on that guy!". My brother suggested using that as the title and you know, older brothers know everything right?

Alice the camel had two humps, Alice the camel had...

The majestic llama. There were also alpacas but they were in a dirt paddock and just laid there. It was sad.

Recently an elephant at the zoo damaged her trunk on the fence in her pen. According to the news, she'll be fine but I don't think she was up for visiting with anyone. All she did was stick her head out of the building and then ate. Poor elephant.

My nephew was ecstatic about the ducks. They would swim right up to us looking for food. A couple of times he tried to stick his hand out and pet them but fortunately he couldn't quite reach.


Wandering Coyote said...

Funny after all that, the kids were most delighted by the ducks. Calgary has a great zoo, too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You do take the most amazing photos. That is something I wish I had the talent for. It sounds like a really fun day, but I'll bet you were tired after that.

Candy Minx said...

I agree with W.C. I thought it was funny that the kids liked the ducks the best, hee hee. Lovely photos. I was just talking about zoos the other day...they can be depressing for sure. I almost always check out zoos everywhere I go in the world...I am somewhat obsessed with them, with animals(did you know I had a pet monkey growing up? Rescued by some soldiers and then my family adopted him. I thought and treated him like a little brother...I still think of him that way, his name was Jeep) Um...about zoos, Gerald Durrell had a documentary once where he described zoos as a necessary evil...he looked for a day when we wouldn't need them any more... in the meantime, they had actually saved family lines of species that had almost gone extinct. Till we manage our animal habitats and allow wilderness to be the major land use...we will need zoos...

It's sad either way.

I love to go to a zoo and make water colours and sketches of the animals. I love meerkats and primates, lemurs and bats...especially!

Great photos, and thanks for sharing your family with us!

Allison said...

I agree with you about Zoos. I was dragged to the San Diego Zoo, and as you said, it wasn't too horrible. Its just these other excuses for zoos that make me crazy!
I love the picture of the camel :)

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