There's so much wrong with that blog title and I'll tell you why...soon-ish.
First, I would like to say that going to the Bronx Zoo for opening time is the best. I'm sure it's even better going during the week but we do what we can, when we can.
Some of the animals are fairly active and not lazing about in that hot ass midday sun or napping after lunch, and the Zoo grounds were just an entirely different experience for me.
Which also leads me to mention that Membership is also hella' awesome (do people still say 'hella'', by the way?). Pesky lines are mostly eradicated and 10% at the gift shop is 10% at the gift shop. Hey man, it's better than 0%. Why go to a gift shop though with all things tourist trap? I'll tell you why...soon-ish.
For once, in the few times I have been to the zoo, I enjoyed myself. I enjoyed walking around at ease, the cool air and the lack of
However, let us not think on the negative but instead focus on the thousand plus pictures I took whilst there.
Well, I wouldn't want to torture neither you nor myself with thousands of pictures but here's a sneak peek at the adventure the HOchieS enjoyed on Saturday morning (click the pictures to enlarge):
|This Saturday Morning felt like Toco, with more waterfalls.|
This morning right there and in that moment felt like that and it was the start to a good day.
|This awesome bird met us on our path up the hill|
|A grand ol' Bison. Wait for it...|
|waaaaiiittt fooorrr ittt...|
|Aww yeah. Nothing like that Saturday morning bath.|
|Baths for all!|
|Look at it!|
|A broken tusk elephant with his buddies.|
|I should also mention I was obsessed with these trees.|
|But the buildings! and the frogs! What.|
|Under attack by some gorfs.|
|Eat their legs!|
|Lurking in the shadows....|
|We saw deer (of all kinds, not just these), and peacock asses.|
|Cutie Mongolian horses.|
|So I lied. We did not go the big cat exhibit. I saw no lions. But, there is this tiger to show for.|
|Skulking and going up to the monorail as it passed by too. 'cary but so cute, aww.|
|Also seen: a David. This is David. He was our monorail tour guide to Asia. And he was hilarious. I hope they're paying his man a lot because he can easily find a job in stand up comedy. He gave us gems all morning.|
|What zoo post would this be without your obligatory elephants?|
|Here's Walter, and here's my crappy picture of him. And if you look closely, you can see he's also sticking his tongue out at me. Thanks, ass. Thanks.|
|I mean, really. What else is there to do on a Saturday morning?|
|Oh. Please! There are children in your presence! Think about the children!|
|Moving along... it must be hard being a giraffe what with the undignified positions endured just to sit down.|
|It must be even harder being an ostrich penned up with some giraffes. I watched this thing try desperately to bust out. Hilarious.|
|Beautifully crafted exhibit to house incredible nightmares|
We had been walking for some time until we got to a gorgeous room with a huge semi-circular window that looked out into the gorilla enclosure. There were seated areas in the back and H1 took up residence to make a phone call.
I was observing the "monkeys watching the monkeys", so to speak. People always go insane at this portion of the exhibit because the gorillas have no qualms about entertaining their less hairy counterparts or being freakishly close to the glass.
Needless to say, and it always almost happens, one of the gorillas decided to play a game. With a long twig in his mouth, he rushed the glass to the squeals of delight and amazement of his on-lookers. He smacked it, and ran off.
People stupidly egged him on by slapping the glass and making frustrated gestures at him.
Interested, he gave the people what he wanted and sat on top a rock looking down with quiet indignation and fascination all at once.
I watched all this quietly from my elevated spot and decided to get closer to see what would happen and get a picture. From where I stood, and where the gorilla sat, he and I were pretty much at eye-level.
As I was snapping pictures of him, focusing and staring through the eye piece, it occurred to me...that something was very calculated in his actions, and I soon realized what he was doing.
|Knowingly, pondering, nonchalantly...|
There is no doubt gorillas are intelligent but when I realized he was 'taking pictures' too there was something so surreal, and scary about it that I cannot even begin to describe it. It was such an exact, slow, thoughtful movement that it left me feeling jarred.
It's as Mk says, I have been marked by the gorilla and if thing ever gets out of the zoo, colour me dead. - updated on 4/14/2011.
Currently listening to: "Searching for Friends" by Nobuo Uematsu, from the Final Fantasy VI Original Soundtrack.