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Also at the zoo…

After I tore myself away from the orangutans I went in search of the Sumatran tigers, and the clouded leopard (above).  At the Lowrey Park Zoo of course.1-13-20Sumatrantiger

And the koalas were also high on my list.  I know these are not great pictures, but their enclosure was dimly lit and had reflections on the plexiglass so I’m surprised to have images at all.  The koalas escaped my view on every trip I made to the San Diego Zoo years ago.  Imagine standing under their tree with lots of people exclaiming over how cute they were, and despite having them pointed out by lots of helpful people I never once managed to see them.  And I tried for four years.1-13-20koala11-13-20koala2

I spotted the Lorikeet enclosure and remembered that I enjoyed it last time and headed in.  This time one of the keepers gave this family a little cup of water to hold and the birds descended on them en masse.  It was fun to watch.01-13-20Lorikeets101-13-20Lorikeets2

Even though I knew what to expect from the Macaw flyover I still failed to get a photo of them in flight. 01-13-20macawfour

I was ready to leave when I got a heads up from another photographer that the Florida leopard kittens were going to be displayed in their enclosure soon.  I pictured tiny kittens and of course I headed for their area.  But no, these brothers were born last June, but it was still fun to see them. 01-13-20floridapantherkittensAnd yes, there were other monkeys at the zoo.  But in looking over my pictures I also discovered more orangutan photos I missed yesterday.  Is it any wonder?  I probably had 100 of them or so to choose from.01-13-20monkey1-13-20orangutan1-13-20orangutan2

I love the zoo.  And this one offers you a deal.  Buy a one day pass and get admitted for free for the rest of the year.  That was what I planned to do but another photographer I chatted with is a member of the zoo, and a member can bring a guest in with them, so when he offered to have me be his guest I graciously accepted.  Thanks for that Frank, it was very nice of you.

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I’ve gone to the… cats!

We always had pets when my kids were growing up.  The most at one time was three cats and two dogs.  (I think my mother thought we were nuts.)  I can’t remember where the parakeet and/or the Siberian hamster fit into the animal timeline.  So it shouldn’t surprise me that my daughter’s household is teeming with pets.

Like Scooter, shown above.  He keeps a low profile and you would hardly know he is there.  But very lovable.  He and Lucy, are a bit of a matched set, wouldn’t you say?  She it a mini-Labradoodle, and very lovable.  She even slept with me last night.  Maybe she was just being a good watchdog and keeping an eye on me.9-23lovelyLucyAnd then there is Georgie, who, despite the fact that he only has his two lower fangs, and he was de-clawed (except for one claw) when they rescued him, is quite the hunter.  He loves to toy with his catches also, which he brings home regularly.  I’d  hate to think what he’d bring home if he had all of his equipment.9-23Georgie

But I had forgotten how much fun it can be to try to get work done on the computer with a cat like Henry around.  I had my laptop, my iPad, my old, damaged phone, and my new iPhone out on the little table while the two phones transferred data with no help from me whatsoever.  Henry tried to be helpful, or possibly not so helpful, but he didn’t seem to cause any issues either.  He is the kitty you can count on to be right in the thick of things, when he isn’t playing hide and seek in the cupboards and drawers, and needing to be extricated.  I don’t see pets in my future, especially not while I’m wandering the county, but I can visit my kids if I feel the need to pet something.  9-23helpfulHenry9-23Henryinthecabinet29-23Henryinthecabinet

My son’s menagerie includes two dogs, and two bearded dragons.  I drew the line on pets when he was little.  All pets in my house had to be furry, and even though it may have qualified I said no to the ferret also.  He’s making up for that now.