Tuesday, February 13, 2007

A Day at the Zoo, Part 2

A few more pics from Sunday's trip to the zoo. As my Japanese students (of English) say, "That's all..."

Another cheerful looking chimpanzee. They really should give these guys some beer or something...

Don't mean to be offensive, but this ostrich looks like he's been eating shit...

"You lookin' at me?"

I swear, I used to be in a band with this guy...


  1. Many years ago, I had an experience at the Audubon Zoo here with a Silverback. As I approached the great primate exhibit, I saw a grossly fat woman jump up onto a bench and start making monkey-shines at this one alpha male sitting on a tree.

    She danced around and called out, "Yo, monkey! Yo, monkey. Make a face, monkey. Come on, g'rilla, smile for yo mama"

    I should have taken a picture of the scene, but I was actually afraid to do that. The woman herself and the possible response to the resulting picture scared me and held me back.

    Once she had tired herself out and left, I stepped up to take some shots of the ape. He was calm and met my lens with a steady gaze. I shot several frames before I realized that each time he heard the click of the shutter, he would alter his position ever so slightly until I'd taken another shot. He never took his eyes off me.

    I left the zoo that day wondering which of us, God's creatures all, possessed that attribute of simple dignity.

  2. Nice zebra band you guys must have had, and somebody should definitely bring some beers.
    Nice photos Kyklops.

  3. Glenn,
    I think we can say this much at least: that particular gorilla had more dignity than that particular woman.

    Thanks for the comment. We had some pretty wild hairstyles back in the 80s! Glad you liked the pics.

  4. I just remembered when two red pandas performed their beautiful games for my guy and me only. Funny thing was that, when another couple approached the cage, they stopped and hid away. It was magical.

  5. Usual Stuff, yeah, animals are quite fascinating, aren't they?