Trip to the Zoo

Rainbow Lorikeets
Thursday we went to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia. I’m not much for zoos; I prefer to see the animals in the wild, but we’re not quite ready to take our 20 month old son on safari just to see elephants.

The weather was great and we had a good time wandering between exhibits, and seeing which of them entertained my son the most. The size of the elephants sort of scared him. I think he liked the tigers and birds the most, but mainly he just liked to wander around. We did our best to avoid the noisy school groups who scared off the animals by yelling for their attention.

We went into an aviary where you could feed tropical birds. I expected my son to start crying when one landed on his head, but he was surprised and smiled. I, as holder of the precious bird nectar, was inundated by a dozen or more rainbow lorikeets, beautiful multicolored birds from Australia. The experience reminded me of our 1998 trip to Australia, where Crimson Rosellas and Regent Bowerbirds did the same thing at Lamington National Park. Someday I’ll get those Australia pics on the web. In the meantime, here’s my Lories from the zoo.

A BBQ stop at Sticky Fingers on the way home made our trip complete.