We went to the zoo yesterday, where we had to buy tickets for ourselves – and our camera. An admission price that cost more than the adult ticket price. Judah was free; perhaps they figured a baby wouldn’t get as much out of a trip to the zoo as a camera would. (Actually, they may have been right: In typical Judah fashion, he was much more intrigued by the people he saw at the zoo than by the animals (with the exception of one very loud, urine flinging chimpanzee, and even then I’m pretty sure he was watching it more out of wariness than intrigue).)
The zoo was quite different than zoos we’ve been to the in States. Apparently lawyers here have not yet caught onto suing for little things like animal attacks because of too-close proximity to people because that’s the closest I’ve ever been to a lion or chimpanzee in a cage before. One monkey kept reaching its paws out to grab more food from the ground, and were I more daring (or idiotic), we could have touched it with no struggles. Some vague recollection about not getting between an animal and its food rang in my head, though. 😉 There were definitely not any significant barriers between Us and Them to keep anyone – small, unsupervised children included – from marching right up to a cage and sticking his or her hand in.
The cages were smaller than what one would typically see in the States as well – though when I mentioned that, someone told me I was “thinking like a Westerner.” Well, yes, I suppose I was. One finds it difficult to step outside of the worldview one is raised with, no matter how far physically one is removed from that place.
…At least the cage for the camel and the donkey weren’t restrictive, though.
Oh, wait – that’s because they didn’t have one. They were just wandering around. Chris noted, “Interesting. At home the camels would be in a cage and the geese would be wandering around. Here the geese are in a cage and the camels are wandering around.”
Despite being spit on and covered in urine by some particularly impish chimpanzees, we had a really good day and enjoyed being outside and walking around. We think our camera enjoyed the day, too.
From outside the cage this time,
Christie, Chris & Judah