Man, I have been slacking. Last weekend we went to the zoo for the first time. We were meeting up with a couple of moms from a local group I'm in. Zoos for us...well...we're a little torn. We're not sure we support the captivity of animals, though if done properly we support conservation efforts. However, this was not the place for people like us to go.
We received free tickets to this small, community zoo when we bought a pair of shoes for Robby, and...we were just glad they were free. Yes, we expected it to be small, but the animals did not seem particularly well cared for. Chris commented how sad the elk enclosure made him because there was not a single blade of grass in the entire pen. It was a small expanse of mud. The only animals that seemed to be moving at all were a couple of wolves that were playing with each other. All the cages were definitely dingy, small, and somewhat unkempt.
Robby seemed to enjoy himself, though. Of course, he loves the pet store and dog park, too. It was the first time he had really seen animals beyond the pet variety. He's always really liked birds, and enjoyed watching those animals. No fear, we will not be adding a bird to our little home zoo any time soon. Or ever. Not a big fan personally.
So, we got a couple cute pictures, met a few new friends, and enjoyed ourselves...but will not be returning.
And, ok, a mountain lion for Chris.