Zoo Visit, Part 1.

From Giliell, fabulous photos from the zoo, oh, that Peacock! Click for full size!

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  1. kestrel says

    The peacock is indeed gorgeous. This must be a really nice zoo -- I love it when they have more natural surroundings for the animals like this.

  2. says

    If I had gotten these earlier, that peacock would have been the daily bird. I haven’t seen one for ages, but they are always breathtaking!

  3. says


    This must be a really nice zoo — I love it when they have more natural surroundings for the animals like this.

    Over lunch we were talking about how much the zoo (small, local, I can hear the peacock from my balcony, so we all grew up with it) has changed for the better. It used to be one of those typical “as many animals as possible” zoos. Bears in a concrete cavern, big cats in cages the size of a small kitchen, even fucking dolphins and penguins and of course nowhere a place to hide.
    Now they got a lot less animals in much bigger enclosures and it’s showing. Last year we had baby snow leopards (you’ll love them), the Orang Utans regularly have young and they also survive and if you cannot see any given animal at any particular time that’s your problem.

  4. kestrel says

    @Giliell: I LOVE that. Yes, sometimes animals want to hide. Or sleep.

    I used to raise and show rabbits. I would show at the state fair. Rabbits of course are nocturnal, so they sleep during the day… but when you have them out in the public people will continually poke at them to make them move. Really exasperating. You can have signs up, the breeders used to patrol up and down and ask people to stop, did not matter.

    So I am especially thrilled to see a zoo say, “You didn’t get to see the _____? Too bad. You’ll have to wait until the animal feels like making an appearance on it’s own terms.”

  5. kestrel says

    No, it’s not a stoat… I think it’s a yellow-throated marten. Not 100% sure, but that’s what it looks like to me…

  6. kestrel says

    StevoR, funny, *I* thought honey badger, too, at first, but the coloring and tail are wrong for that. The yellow-throated marten is common in that part of the world, and it looks more like this animal. Guess we’ll just have to wait for Giliell to chime in and clear it up. :-) Fun to guess!

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