Friday, March 27, 2009

Lions and Tigers and Bears - Oh My!

I've had a hankering to take Jillian to the National Zoo in DC for the last couple weeks; ever since we watched a show about China on tv and Jillian showed great interest in the panda bears.

Today was the day! Despite having tons of "boring" stuff to do (bills, errands, etc.) it looked like today was going to be the warmest, non-rainy, day of the next week, so we headed on down after breakfast.

We saw Lions...

and Tigers...

and Bears!

We learned lots of interesting things, too!

Apparently, Orangutans "do it like they do on the Discovery Channel" in the morning right out for everyone to see. Awkward! The female orangutan (on the bottom) had her hand covering her face the whole time. I was happy that Jillian isn't of the sex education age yet, and that we didn't have to have "the talk" while we were there. I did overhear some embarrassed parents trying to tactfully explain what was going on to their children.

Panda bears like to lounge. Both of the pandas were out for us to see, and both were doing some serious lounging.

Red pandas are adorable! They look like a cross between a fox and a raccoon. They are playful looking and quite graceful. They were probably my favorite animal today.

A couple of the gorillas posed for pictures on a branch together.

Universal truth about cats - they love chewing on cardboard boxes! Well, at least this tiger did, and my cat Gus does!

Alpacas chew with their mouths open.

Giant anteaters don't stand still for you to take their picture.

And neither do babies!


The 2 Cannons said...

Great pictures Mel! Looks like you and Jillian had a great time and on a beautiful day.

Brenna said...

great post! looks like lots of fun...we're planning on heading to the zoo on did you know?

The Kento Beans said...

That female orangutan (embarrassed? just wanting to get it over with?) is hysterical! Thanks for all the great pics so we can pretend we went to the zoo today! (BTW, where we did go was Frisco Grill(e?) and I thought of you guys the whole time!)

Carlson Family said...

We almost went to the zoo last week, but the cold weather pushed us towards the American History Museum instead. Looks like you guys had a great time and you definitely increased my hankering to go to the zoo!

Emily said...

Note to self, take kids to the zoo until they start to wonder about sex and then let the teachers on the fieldtrips handle it!