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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Zoo Day

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When hubby and I went to the zoo yesterday we were at the Orangutan and Siamang exhibit when we noticed one of the Siamang was eating a Pepsi can… We were saying that can’t be good for him and how did he get a soda can…

I’ve always seen but never thought about it that there are signs all around the zoo with a phone number to call if you see one of the animals being harassed or needing assistant… Hubby and I do not have cell phones so one of the visitors around us must have called the number as several zoo associates came to the exhibit calling the animals by their names…

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The black Siamang sitting atop the Orangutan was the one eating the Pepsi can which he immediately dropped when the zoo associates called them… He also ran over the to this Orangutan as if to say don’t tattle on me…

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The zoo associates are not able to get close to the fence as the animals have a very large arm reach which is probably how the soda can was obtained… However they told the female Orangutan that the Siamang was sitting on to get the can that they needed it… At first she brought them a leaf… They were holding tomatoes and oranges to trade the can with her… It took a few times of telling her but just a few minutes for her to get the can, reach through the fence with it and drop it on the ground as the female zoo associate dropped a tomato into the Orangutan's hand… She wanted an orange though and dropped the tomato… So the zoo associate gave her the orange instead… To distract her from the fence they gave her another orange farther down and they were able to get the soda can… The orangutan later came and got the tomato too…

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Here the zoo associate is showing the soda can and saying how dangerous it is to the animals and that visitors to the zoo should be more careful and responsible… It did make for a few exciting minutes at the zoo though…

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Meet Jabari, our new three month old Giraffee…

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And our zoo will be going through extensive remoldings over the next ten years or so with the money raised from Measure Z… Our reptile house is currently being remodeled… These two pictures are the same window at different angles… Where there were once three or four little windows there is now one big window with extensive decor for the reptiles… There are four in all with two opening tomorrow…

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Happy Journaling…

2 comments:

That corgi :) said...

how interesting they could get the orangutan to exchange the Pepsi can for her desired orange! great experience for you to be part of!

betty

Lisa said...

So glad you enjoyed your day at the zoo!!! I love the giraffes... they are so amazing!!