Monday, April 21, 2008

Family Fun Day

Today was a rare day when we were all off and we took the opportunity to go to the zoo.

I have bitter memories of the Adelaide zoo after my work experience back in 1988. At the time I wanted to be a vet and thought how cool it would be to hang around with the zoo vet. Me and several thousand other kids I suspect. I spoke to one of the keepers on the phone:

'You'll have to spend some of the time with the keepers - what animals do you like?'
'Fully booked I'm afraid. You can have birds or reptiles.'
'Oh, reptiles then.' (snakes are cool)

Spending the whole week cleaning out cage upon cage of vermin though, was somewhat south of cool. Positively Antarctic. I never even saw a vet, just the feed room. My only human contact was the keepers who would occasionally wander in, grab a handful of baby rats or mice and hurl them against the wall to kill them before feeding the carcases to the reptiles. Adult rats were swung by the tail into a heavy wooden chopping board.

Today went along way to erasing the bad memory. I was a bit concerned that the twenty-two month old Noodle would be a little young to appreciate the zoo, but he friggen loved it.
Meerkats were a strong favourite. There was a glass barrier along their enclosure and the noodle delightedly got up close and personal with them. Screaming, stamping his feet and pounding on the glass. I hope we're not turning into those sort of parents who look fondly on while their offspring run riot. I reckon it's only fish tanks you're not supposed to bang on anyway. Strangely the only thing that scared him was a goat in the petting zoo. Freaky kid.

My highlight was seeing monkeys picking each-other's arses. Everyone loves that shit.



At April 22, 2008 at 11:19 AM , Blogger franzy said...

It's coz their eyes are reptilian. There's a reason goats are always satan and the other way around.

Or is that because they have massive nuts and the religious people are all scared of that stuff?

At April 22, 2008 at 3:13 PM , Blogger Kath Lockett said...

Goats' eyes are really widely spaced which does give them a creepy - I could eat you - kind of look. They also have an ~ahem~ tendency to fornicate instantly when they are startled. My father-in-law breeds goats and something scared them and for the next two minutes we saw an orgy of satanic proportions. Even Malcolm the grown sheep particpated! Sapphire was only 4 at the time and asked, "Why are they fighting each other?"

At April 24, 2008 at 8:57 PM , Blogger myninjacockle said...

My brother was telling me about Tennessee fainting goats whose reaction to stress is to...well, faint. Would love to have one of those to scream at for stress relief after a bad day.
Satanic orgy would also do wonders.
In other goat related hijinx I had two elderly Jehovah's Witnesses here on Tuesday who read me a passage from the bible saying sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell. Not sure of the context but reckon they stole it from a Cake song.

At May 1, 2008 at 8:17 PM , Blogger wiretherapy said...

i was going to write "monkey see monkey do" but decided to take the high road and share some knowledge instead.

everything you need to know about monkeys ~


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