Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Discoveries from my trip to the Zoo!

Today I went for a walk at the La Zoo and learned many things about the animal kingdom as well as myself. Here are some of the many revelations I had during my visit:

1) Lions are king of the jungle for a reason
2) It is possible for Turtles to actually look adorable
3) Some animals look like breakfast foods
4) Pavophobia is alive and well
5) Elephants are amazing

Today was the best day to go to the Zoo! It's during the week and no one was there, the weather was cool and all the animals were not only awake but out and about playing. I watched the Giraffes chase each other, Gazelles jump around like bunnies, baby rams butting each others heads and snow leopards pounce each other. It was so fun to sit and watch how different types of animals play. I love my walks at the Zoo! But let's get to these discoveries shall we?

Chapter 1: Lions are King of the Jungle for a Reason
It was dinner time for the Lions today and they made that perfectly clear. They were waiting for their dinner and to show they were not only waiting but were hungry, they did some intense roaring. I've never heard a Lion roar in real life. But I was standing in front of them roaring and I was left speechless. It was the loudest, most intimidating sound I've ever heard. I could feel the vibrations inside of me as the roars echoed off of their dens. After a lengthy roaring session between the two of them, the guy next to me looked at me and said, "Did you just piss yourself too?" It is now very clear to me why Lions are king of the jungle.


Chapter 2: It is actually possible for a Turtle to be adorable.
I wouldn't go so far as to say I "dislike" turtles but I really don't have a fondness for them either. Today this may have changed. I went by the turtles and one in particular kept watching me. I'd move around and it would turn it's head and watch me.. watch him. This continued on for awhile because it was amusing me and I grabbed my camera to take a picture of this turtle. If there were a really cute turtle...this is him!


Chapter 3: Some Animals Look like Breakfast foods
I have no idea what this animal is...I forgot to look to be honest. But am I crazy that I think they look like "Toaster Strudels?" Please tell me you see this too...


Chapter 4: Pavophobia is alive and well
Did you know there is such thing as Pavophobia? Me neither. But I looked it up when I came home and there is actually a fear of peacocks. The peacocks today were roaming the zoo grounds. They are very tame and walk right up to you. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of one as it approached me and after I did, I fear I..well..I may have pissed it off. It came up to me and snipped at my jeans. I was taken aback by it's peck and for the rest of the day as peacocks suddenly jumped out of bushes (okay walked out of bushes) I could almost hear the "jaws" music playing in my head. I was sure that one peacock was going to tell her other peacock friends about the human paparazzi taking pics as they plotted their attack. Yes...I became afraid of a beautiful bird today. But admitting is the first step towards recovery right?


Chapter 5: Elephants are amazing!
I already knew Elephants are amazing but today I was reminded. I watched Billy splash about in the water with his trunk amusing himself and then he went over and picked up this tire with this trunk. He did this with ease like it was as light as a feather. He then placed the tire underneath him and walked along as it rolled underneath him. I have no idea if this is a fun game in the elephant world of if this is a nice massage, but I do know Elephants are amazing...and apparently also need spa treatments:)


Overall I had a great day. It's amazing how every visit is never quite the same. ahhh I love the Zoo!


  1. I could be wrong, but I *think* #3 might be a Kudu. Great pictures!

  2. Great zoo story and pictures. I am glad you had an enjoyable day! I love the picture of the turtle, priceless look on his face. Amazing picture of the elephant. I am looking forward to our family LA zoo outing. I think Alyson is going to really enjoy it also.

  3. that kudu does look like a toaster's strudel! in fact, i'm getting hungry just thinking about it. :)

  4. i also suffer from

  5. yup i hate peacocks they scare the crap outta me. One charged at me at the zoo. their vicious creatures.